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    ftr I don't actually know the result yet.

    But this theory would explain why Daniels hasn't been shown on TV since January last year.

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    That and the fact I'm mainly playing ****hacks.

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    Varga *3-6 2-3 Maxum
    Nearly a heartbreaker from Maxum as he lets a 40-15 lead slip to hand Varga another break point. Again the serve under pressure is good, though, and he's able to control the rally and draw an error on the forehand wing of Varga. He takes a couple of attempts, but finally holds to keep his nose ahead at 3-2.

    Varga 3-6 3-3* Maxum
    Ooh Varga is really building now on serve. And the forehand is starting to work for him better. Maxum has a bit of a look in at 0-30, but Varga reels him back in with a pair of really nice forehands - one cross court and one down the line - to draw level. Maxum is well behind the baseline here against the some deep and heavy hitting from Varga so its no surprise he's not even in the frame as a drop shot wins Varga the game.

    Varga *3-6 4-3 Maxum
    Maxum begins with his fifth ace of the match, but finds himself in a world of trouble soon after with a bad backhand error handing Varga two break points. Maxum saves his third of the set, but Varga gets a big piece of a second serve at 30-40 and bounces an overhead smash into the second row of the Barcelona crowd to secure a huge break of service.
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    Come on Jarkko, fight back son! take this hack in two! (though 3 will do)

    SBI - i don't have internet at home at the moment, loving this read ftr. Super effort!
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    Geez, tough to get some of these through the national censors...
    Varga 3-6 5-3* Maxum
    Ahh, big opportunity missed by Maxum. He moves well to 0-30 and gives himself a look at a break, but gets a bit too excited with an overhead smash as he takes it on the full and gives Varga the chance to pass him on his backhand side. While his forehand has been inconsistent, he's stepped up there with that double hander and a second winner for the game gives him game point. He strings four points together to seal it and leaves Maxum to serve to stay in the set.

    From Oleg, East Robbham, via text: "Maxum has gone back into his shell a bit here. Needs to find that aggression from the first set." Too right, Oleg. He's relying on errors too much here from the Hungarian.

    Varga *3-6 5-4 Maxum
    So Maxum is going to make Varga serve it out. He's still misfiring on the forehand wing as a pair of netted shots gives Varga a 40-30 lead. Varga draws level and denies Maxum a couple of chances to hold, but with his fourth game point Maxum fires down ace number six for the match to pick up a big hold. If Varga serves this out, at the very least Maxum will serve first in the third set.

    Varga 3-6 6-4* Maxum
    Easy as you like! Maxum would have hoped to put the pressure on Varga here, but the sixth seed gets three first serves in and doesn't give him a chance as he holds to love. This one is going to three after a great set from Zoltán Varga!

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    Varga will choke, Maxum to fire up in the third.

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    We return at 3-3 in the third set because I am quite lazy.

    Varga *3-6 6-4 4-3 Maxum
    That could be the moment! Maxum, who has looked so shaky so far this set on serve, has been broken as Varga shows some great defence to draw errors. Maxum looks like he has it on ice at 40-30 with a cross-court forehand, but Varga makes him play a volley and he's not confident enough to hit it anywhere but into the top of the net. Varga sets himself up a break point soon after and converts it decisively but showing the East CWLander how its done at the net.

    Varga 3-6 6-4 4-4* Maxum
    Varga takes the first point of the game with a classy forehand slipped down the line, but misses that same line with his next two shots as he shows some impatience to give Maxum 15-30. Maxum cracks a clean winner off Varga's second serve to bring up two break points, but squanders one with a forehand error while Varga saves the other with an unreturned first serve. He gets a third break point for the game, and cruicially works Varga around with some slice before whipping a forehand into the back of the court to level the scores at 4-4!

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    Varga *3-6 6-4 4-5 Maxum
    Maxum's problem is still on serve, and his third double fault of the set hands Varga a 0-30 lead. Still, he denies the Hungarian an opportunity to capitalise as a wide serve is framed by the Hungarian and a gutsy serve and volley levels the scores at 30-30. Serving from the ad court, Maxum finally holds serve after two deuces in another shaky but very important service game.

    Varga 3-6 6-4 5-5* Maxum
    Varga rebounds from a poor service game with a ripper as doesn't drop a point with four first serves. He's thrown a few of these in here and then, and he heaps the pressure back on Maxum at five-all.

    Varga *3-6 6-4 5-6 Maxum
    Finally an easier service game for Maxum as he finds the lines with some good serves to set up some dominant points. At 40-15, he plays a trademark cross-court forehand into the deuce court to secure a 6-5 lead. If Varga wants this, he has to take it in a breaker.
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    Varga 3-6 6-4 6-6* Maxum
    30-30 gives Maxum a look in at a chance to steal the match and he gives himself every opportunity as he constructs a point very well and finishes it off at the net to bring up match point. Varga saves it with a clutch ace, and then sets up game point as Maxum frames a backhand horribly. With game point, Varga sends it to a deciding tiebreaker with some great use of the slice and a gutsy backhand winner that takes the line to level the set at 6-6.
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    THIRD SET TIEBREAKER

    Varga *0-1 Maxum
    Great start for Maxum as he gets a first serve in and controls the point before finishing with a cross-court forehand to draw an error from Varga. He needs as many of those first serves as he can because he's looked particularly vulnerable on his second serves which are considerably slower.

    Varga 1-2* Maxum
    Immediate minibreak for Jarkko! Varga's second serve is good but Maxum throws the kitchen sink at it and nearly hits a clean winner. Varga keeps it in play, but his drop shot pitches up and Maxum puts away a backhand flick at his toes at an insane angle to move to 2-0. Varga again misses his first serve, but his second serve has some real kick on it and Maxum sends it straight into the net.

    Varga *1-4 Maxum
    Oh, this is starting to look mighty difficult for the sixth seed. He's only a minibreak down, but Maxum is looking really bright and seems to have got rid of the wobbles from early in the set. He wins the first point as Varga fails to return a serve to his forehand side, and then moves to 4-1 after a long rally in which Varga misfires with a slice and the ball drops on the wrong side of the tape.

    Varga *1-5 Maxum
    My oh my, what a time for a double fault! Varga's first serve is just wide, but his second serve is awful and takes the net half way up. He was trying to put some real work on it but mistimed it completely to give Maxum a 5-1 lead at the change of ends and a chance to go for broke with the final in sight!
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    Varga 2-5* Maxum
    The match is on Maxum's racquet as he misses a golden opportunity to set up five match points by missing that cross-court whipping forehand he's made so often this match. After a short backhand down the line from Varga, Maxum misses his chance by looping it wide to leave himself two short of the win.

    Varga *3-6 Maxum
    Maxum puts a big dent in his requirement with a slick first serve which he finishes off with a calculated risk by coming up to the net and putting away a backhand volley. It isn't a great one as Varga keeps it in play, but the follow up forehand volley wrongfoots him and brings up four match points. He gets a good first serve in which is great, but is too hesitant to pull the trigger in a long rally which ends with Varga cracking a rare forehand winner. Could this be a change in fortunes for the Hungarian? 26 shots that last rally.

    Varga 3-6 6-4 6(3)-7
    No change of fortune as Varga errs on that forehand side again to hand Maxum a massive victory and his first PTA tour final! The Torneo Godó, no less!

    So there we have it, Jarkko Maxum is through to his first PTA tour final with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3) boilover in the first semi final. He's restrained in his celebration but is clearly holding back some real emotion. Varga, meanwhile, will have his chance to get his revenge in just a couple of days when the two meet in the first round in Rome! Pick of the action, that.

    Later today we'll find out who Maxum plays in the final - either Daniel Páez Blanco or Miroslav Brdar. I unfortunately won't be covering that as my attention turns to the Sweden vs. East CWLand Bandy World Championship match, but we'll have the result up as soon as it is available!

    Up the East!
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    Haha shhh. It is a very cold spring.

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    Maxum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is for all the little people, hopefully can maintain some form into the final as both of the possible opponents will be tough as teak.

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