En route to his showing in the Valencia final, Juan Monaco defeated three Spaniards: Nicolas Almagro, Juan Carlos Ferrero, and David Ferrer. The only non-Spaniard he defeated was Fabio Fognini in R2. The last two wins over Ferrero and Ferrer were surprising upsets, given Pico’s lackluster season this year. No matter, because the Argentine was playing a high level of persistent tennis this week.
If Pico anticipated he’d reach the final, he would have brought his nicer Adidas jacket to Valencia. All the more reason to lend support to Pico, when he plays another Spaniard, Marcel Granollers, in today’s final. Neither player has a 500-level tournament in his palmarès, so the final should be well-contested. If Pico should win in Valencia, this could shake up Argentina’s Davis Cup singles line-up as well.