Gimeno-Traver Defeats Jiri Vesely to Reach His First ATP Tour Final

Daniel Gimeno-Traver has reached his first ATP Tour final…

The 29-year-old Spanish tennis player defeated Jiri Vesely at the Grand Prix Hassan II to end his long wait for a place in an ATP final.

Daniel Gimeno-Traver

Gimeno-Traver produced an impressive display of resilience to fight back from a set down and overcome the third seed 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-4.

“It was a difficult match,” said Gimeno-Traver. “Maybe I was a bit too much on defense during the first set, but then I started to play more aggressively, and I felt well during all my service games. I’m very happy to reach my first final here in Casablanca.”

Gimeno-Traver will need to deliver a similar display if he is to claim a maiden tour title, with second seed Martin Klizan standing in his way.

The Slovakian also needed to come from behind to ensure his place in the showpiece, rallying brilliantly from a set and a break down in the second to progress 4-6 6-4 6-0 against Bosnian Damir Dzumhur.

“Damir played very well today,” Klizan said. “It was a tough match. I think that I was mentally stronger in the third set, and I’m extremely happy to be in the final.”

Gimeno-Traver is currently ranked No. 95 in the world.

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