Granollers beats Del Potro to make Valencia final

Marcel Granollers of Spain beat sixth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Saturday to advance to his second consecutive final at the Valencia Open.

Del Potro started well on the indoor hard court, but Granollers took control with his serve-and-volley game to win the first set. In the second set, Granollers saved a set point to force a tiebreaker. The Spaniard then won six straight points to rally from 4-1 down to seal his place in the final.

Defending champion David Ferrer played unseeded Juan Monaco in the other semifinal. Granollers lost to Ferrer in last year's all-Spanish final.