Raonic, Almagro, Del Potro Back In Sunday Finals

by Staff | February 26th, 2012, 12:46 am

The trio of Milos Raonic, Nicolas Almagro and Juan Martin Del Potro are back playing in ATP tournament finals for the second straight Sunday this month.

The 21-year-old Raonic is arguably the second hottest player of the season, behind only Novak Djokovic. The big-serving Canadian returns to the Memphis final after winning his ninth straight match (and 19th consecutive set) beating Benjamin Becker 64, 64 in the semifinals.

“I feel like I’m not stalling at any point,” said Raonic who lost to Andy Roddick in the 2011 Memphis final. “I’m constantly getting better throughout the matches. That’s very encouraging. It’s something fun to build off of.”

Raonic has won 15 of 16 matches this season losing only to Lleyton Hewitt at the Australian Open. In the Sunday final he’ll meet Austrian Jurgen Melzer. The lefty Melzer stunned top seed and big server John Inser Friday, and today he followed up with a three set win over Radek Stepanek 64, 36, 63.

“I’ve played a great tournament thus far,” Melzer said. “Reaching a final is something special. I haven’t played a final since 2010.”

Also seeking a second straight title Sunday is Nicolas Almagro who will try to defend his Buenos Aires crown against countryman David Ferrer. Almagro edged Stanislas Wawrinka 64, 36, 75 today in the semifinals while Ferrer hammered David Nalbandian 61, 64.

Ferrer is seeking his 13th career ATP title, Almagro his 12th. Ferrer has won all eight career meetings with Almagro including three last season.

In Europe, Frenchman Michael Llodra will have the crowd on his side when he faces Argentine Del Potro in the Marseille final. Del Potro is back into a title match for the second straight week – he lost to Roger Federer in Rotterdam last Sunday – after an excellent 64, 67(9), 63 victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

“Beating Tsonga here in France in the way I played today,” said Del Potro, “I have many good things take away for the future. I’m close to winning the tournament, so I’ll be ready for a fight like today.”

Llodra was a 64, 76(10) winner over Janko Tipsarevic and lefty’s won 15 of his last 17 matches in Marseille. But he’s never beaten Del Potro in two previous tries including a three-set first round loss at Rotterdam almost two weeks ago.

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31 Comments for Raonic, Almagro, Del Potro Back In Sunday Finals

Wheeler Says:

Someone throw Raonic, Almagro and Del Potro at Nadal in Indian Wells and Miami.

skeezeweezer Says:

Delpo has taken the first set 6-4 against the Lefty Llorda.

carlo Says:

Delp-oh wins Marseille :D :D :D

But he doesn’t pass Tipsarevic. Rank remains the same but it’s close.

Kimmi Says:

congrats to juan martin. final and a win in two weeks. it took a while but he is coming back. Soon we are going to see the delpo who was able to lift the USO in 2009. go delpo.

carlo Says:

Basically he had to play a Davis Cup v France – Gasquet – Tsonga – Llodra

Kimmi Says:

maybe delpo needs a rest. he is in Dubai next week. too much tennis. He probably did not expect to do this well…the win over tsonga and berdych was big.

Too bad he doesn’t pass tipsa and fish now carlo but he should be due to pass them soon.

Kimmi Says:

ferrer vs almagro H2H 8-0. am I surprised? Yes! Maybe almagro is due to win his first today.

jane Says:

Congrats to JMDP. He’s playing a lot lately, now he’s got to fly to Dubai.

carlo Says:

Kimmi, you are scaring me a little with your psychic picking ability…

Nico won the 1st!

Kimberly Says:

Come on guys this is nicolas almagro, he is fully capable of blowing it

carlo Says:

1st, as in set, to Nico, just to be clear

and has a break in the 2nd set. Oh my.

carlo Says:

whoops. read the score wrong. make that break in the 2nd to Ferrer! lol, Kimberly

Kimberly Says:

i walk out of the room and see nico already blew set 2. I am actually kind of rooting for him but Nadal and Ferrer too mentally strong for him.

Kimmi Says:

carlo, i am no psychic. poor almagro, he cant beat ferrer. he is now down a break in the decider.

Kimmi Says:

So predictable this match. 3-1 ferrer

commentator says almagro body language not good. he is resigning.

Kimmi Says:

ferrer with the second break. 4-1 virtual matchpoint that was.

Kimmi Says:

5-1 ferrer. almagro gets a code violation after smashing the racquet.

Kimberly Says:

Colino6 suspended from tennis for 1 week for smashing a racket

Kimmi Says:

really kimberly! ha ha that is funny. he is starting so early. I guess they are giving them a good lesson. They have to learn that rackets are expensive.

Kimmi Says:

Its all over. ferrer wins buenos aires. his 13th career title.

Kimberly Says:

They watch the pros smash them on tv and think its ok. One girl we know smashed 26 rackets in a year and got suspended from the Usta for 6 months

Kimberly Says:

Raonic is just an ace machine

Kimberly Says:

In four games Raonic is 100 percent points won on 1st serve

Kimmi Says:

melzer wins the first set. they are on serve in the second. looks like the tie break is coming up.

Kimberly Says:

tierbreak! Meltzer handling the big servers well this tournament.

Kimmi Says:

aces ace ace. from both.

melzer looking good.

Kimmi Says:

big FH miss from raonic..2 points away from melzer

Kimmi Says:

mezer with match point now..

he gets it. congrats melzer. too bad for milos.

carlo Says:

WOW! Big congrats to Jurgen Melzer!

(Only got to watch a little tennis – 2nd set of Delpo match)

Melzer former top 10 and has a handful, I forget how many, of 250 titles. Memphis is his biggest one. Good on him!

And Congrats to Ferrer. Almagro will lose 100 points. Melzer will shoot up into top 20? I doubt he’s defending much. Sorry for Milos.

alison hodge Says:

congrats to all the title winners this weekend,great wins for ferrer,delpo wow so delighted for him what a gutsy guy,and the forgotten man melzer,well done to all.

jamie Says:

Psychic Predictions for 2012:

AO: Djokovic(duh)

FO: Nadal

Wimbledon: Murray

Olympics: Federer

USO: Djokovic

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