Bedene Returns To Irving Tennis Classic’s Final Facing Granollers

Marcel Granollers reaches his first tour final in two years (photo: Tessa Kolodny)

IRVING, March 20 ,2016

Defending champion Aljaz Bedene and Marcel Granollers will compete in Sunday’s final of the $125,000 BMW Of Dallas Irving Tennis Classic. 

Aljaz Bedene (photo: Tessa Kolodny)

Aljaz Bedene (photo: Tessa Kolodny)

The fourth seed from Great Britain defeated Jared Donaldson 6-4, 6-3. Bedene saved six of the eight break points he faced and capitalized on five of his own to return to the final in Texas after one hour and 25 minutes.

“I guess I’m more experienced, I could say…I’m just fighting, not playing the best tennis, but fighting…it’s always great to be back where you won, so yeah, I feel great,” Bedene told.

Granollers cruised past Ivan Dodig, winning 6-0, 6-1. The world number 92 from Spain, who won two of the three previous meetings between the two, broke the Croatian’s serve six times to advance after only 58 minutes. Granollers will appear in his first final since he finished runner-up at the ATP 250 event in Casablanca in April 2014.

Chris Guccione and Andre Sa reached the doubles final with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Leander Paes and Lukas Rosol.

Chris Guccione and Andre Sa (photo: Tessa Kolodny)

Chris Guccione and Andre Sa (photo: Tessa Kolodny)

“It’s unbelievable. We’ve been saying in the locker room, this is just like an ATP tour event. It’s just as nice. The people, they treat us here really well, they make us feel comfortable, the infrastructure is great, so we’re happy to be here and hopefully we get to come back,” said Sa.

The Australian-Brazilian-combination will face top-seeds Nicholas Monroe and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi in Sunday’s championship match.