In the first days of the German Open 2016, the top seeded players were defeated one after the other. Now, two of the seeded pros made it to the final thanks to being on their best on the semi-final day on Saturday. Thus, Pablo Cueavas will encounter Martin Klizan in the big final today.
Pablo Cuevas (URU/3) – Renzo Olivo (ARG) 7-5, 6-3
In the duel between the two training partners it was quickly evident that the two protagonists really do not have any secrets. They both know each other’s strengths all too well and thus knew what to avoid. Olivo, who had previously defeated Kohlschreiber, stuck to his very long forehand strokes – as in the match against “Kohli” – and thus put Cuevas under a lot of pressure. Meanwhile, the end of the first set was quite bitter for Olivo since at 5-6 and 30-30 the second serve bounced from the top of the net and landed only millimetres behind the service line. Cuevas, of course, took the chance and went up a set. In the second set, after a monstrous rally, the number three seed captured the pre-deciding break to take the lead 4-2. Until then, he didn’t really have any difficulties on his serve – and suddenly, Cuevas had to fend off five (!) break points. With generous luck: on the second opportunity, his opponent, Olivo, slipped when sprinting to the net and on the fourth opportunity, he missed an easy smash. Shortly afterwards, Cuevas was pronounced the winner after a 100-minute match and said during the interview on the stadium: “Thank you for the great support. Renzo is a great player. I had to give my best. I am very happy to be in another final.”
Martin Klizan (SVK/7) – Stephane Robert (FRA) 6-3, 6-4
The second semi-final developed into a very curios match. The Frenchman, Robert, who entered the match as the underdog, got up to an early break in both sets. However, the 36-year old did not manage to convert his early lead into the finish. In the first set, he got broken at 2-2 and 2-4, which Klizan subsequently used to wrap up the set with his very confident service games.
In the second set, for a considerable time, Robert seemed to be the one to clinch the set by getting up a break, 3-1, and confirming the break to take the lead 4-1. All signs were pointed in direction of a third set. But once again the spectators, who loved Robert’s game, had not reckoned with the lefty, Klizan. The Slovak first broke his opponent’s serve to bring up the score to 3-4 before taking the lead 5-4. And after 82 minutes he won his service game and booked his place in the final.