Prolonging their sweet form from Monte-Carlo, Gonzalo Díaz and Luciano Capra qualified for the final of the Reebok Sports Club La Finca Challenger after defeating Javier Concepción and Alejandro Ruiz Granados 6-4, 6-1. After an even start, both pairings reached the ninth game at four apiece. A cut on Godo Diaz's hand forced the physio, Jordi Riba, out on court. After curing this minor injury, it was one way traffic, as the Argentines took both the ninth and the tenth game, sealing the first set with the first break of the match.
They came out all guns blazing in the second, with Capra showing colossal defensive qualities, and clearly not suffering from the back injury that has hampered him throughout this tournament, while Godo displayed an array of crafty shots which make him unique. There wasn't much Alejandro Ruiz or Javier Concepcion could do, as they were unable to match the rhythm they imposed at the start of the clash. The first five games went to Godo and Lucho and just two games later they had it in the bag, with Godo in scintillating form and getting the fans off their seats.
The second semifinal pitted together Jordi Muñoz Baixas - Pablo Lijó and Borja Yribarren - Juan Manuel Vázquez, two pairings that reached the final four thanks to a combination of solid padel and gritty determination.
After sharing the first six games, the first break went to Borja Yribarren and "Guga" Vazquez in the seventh, an advantage they would preserve until the end of the set, which they claimed 6-4.
In the second set, Lijo and Muñoz fought back from an early break by breaking back and making it 2-1. But Guga and Borja were in no mood to let them back in, and they broke their opponents in the fifth game to make it 3-2. They held on to their serve comfortably and neither Jordi Muñoz's deft touch nor Lijo's cannon of a smash had any effect. Another break all but finished them off and Borja Yribarren and Juan Manuel Vazquez closed out the set 6-2 to advance to the final.
The contenders are ready, the final between Gonzalo Diaz-Luciano Capra and Borja Yribarren-Juan Manuel Vazquez will take place at 19:00 on centre court at the Reebok Sports Club La Finca.
We will see who takes this Challenger which feels like an Open.