Couacaud To Meet Diez In Gran Canaria Challenger Final

Enzo Couacaud (photo: Marta Magni/MEF Tennis Events)

GRAN CANARIA, February 27, 2021

Enzo Couacaud and Steven Diez will compete in Sunday’s singles final of the inaugural Gran Canaria Challenger. Couacaud defeated No. 4 seed Nikola Milojevic of Serbia 6-2, 6-2 in the stage of the final four on Saturday.

The World No. 216 from France, who had to save two match points in a topsy-turvy encounter in his previous round against Argentine Marco Trungelliti, capitalized on five of his nine break-point chances to advance in one hour and 29 minutes.

Later on Centre Court at the Tennis Academy El Cortijo in Telde, Diez ended the run of qualifier Alex Molcan from Slovakia. The 29-year-old Canadian won 53 per cent of the total points played to secure a 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 victory in two hours and 35 minutes.

“There are no easy matches in this stage of the tournament,” said Diez. “I had a good start in the first set but became some problems in the second set. I earned an early lead in the third and it was a match at good level.”

Both players are seeking their second ATP Challenger title and their first on clay. Diez leads the head-to-head record over Couacaud 2-1. The Toronto native with Spanish parents also won their last meeting in the qualifying at 2020 Roland Garros.

“I expect a very tough final,” said Couacaud about his upcoming task. “It is the only Challenger on clay this week, so all the clay-court specialists are here. It was a tough week in both parts of the draw.”

Glasspool/Heliovaar crowned doubles champions

In other action, Llyod Glasspool from Great Britain and Harri Heliovaara of Finland captured the doubles title. The No. 2 seeds defeated Kimmer Coppejans from Belgium and Spaniard Sergio Martos Gornes 7-5, 6-1. The final lasted one hour and nine minutes.


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