An unseeded Spaniard Carlos Gimeno Valero is playing his last Wimbledon at the junior level, achieving his best result ever at this level to reach the final after a 7-6, 6-4 win over the 17th seed Harold Mayot in an hour and 22 minutes.
The Spaniard won just one point more than his rival, playing better on the second serve and prevailing in the crucial moments to prevail in straight sets. The Frenchman had more winners and unforced errors, creating eight break points and converting only one of those, which cost him the better result.
On the other hand, Gimeno Valero seized both break points he earned and that carried him over the top, repelling five break points in the closing stages of the opener and taking the tie break 7-5 for a massive momentum. Mayot led 4-1 in set number two, barely losing a point on serve and looking good to send the match into a decider when the Spaniard started to climb back, rattling off the last five games of the encounter and sealing the deal with breaks in games seven and nine that pushed him into the title match.
There, Carlos will face the 8th seeded Janapese Shintaro Mochizuki who ousted the 4th seed Martin Damm 6-1, 0-6, 10-8 in just under two hours. Mochizuki was the semi-finalist at Roland Garros and won the title at J1 Nottingham event, playing well here at Wimbledon and having a chance to battle for the Major title.
The Japanese won five points more, dominating in the opener before the giant American took charge in set number two when he served a bagel to force the third set. Mochizuki led 4-1 and wasted five more break points that could have sent him further in front.
Damm had to save four match points in games eight and nine, pulling the break back in the very last moment and breaking Shintaro at 7-7 to serve for the win. It wasn't to be for him, though, wasting a match point on serve in game 16 and losing the final three games to send his opponent into the title match.