Not surprisingly perhaps, but the semi-finals of the Andalucia Open in Marbella is being filled by local talent but it is the first time in 17 years (Valencia) that four players from the same country have made it to the last four.
And one of them is the 17-year-old Carlos Alcaraz who is attempting to become the youngest finalist since Rafa Nadal in 2004, Auckland.
Alcaraz, ranked 133 in the world, brushed aside Norwegian third seed Casper Ruud 6-2 6-4 and will face compatriot Jaume Munar, 23, on Saturday for a place in the last four.
The other semi-final on the clay courts of the Puente Romano complex in Marbella will feature two established Spaniards, namely the top seed Pablo Carreno-Busta against Albert Ramos Vinolas.
But it is Alcaraz, one of the brightest young stars on the tennis scene is attracting the attention at this ATP250 event who has become the youngest ATP Tour semi-finalist since Alexander Zverev in Hamburg in 2014.
The teenager was quicky into his stride as he broke his Norwegian opponent three but
Ruud pulled one break back in game four and two games later had chances for another break but was held off. Ruud then lost his own serve for a third time as Alcaraz pocketed the opener.
The second set was a bit closer with both players hanging onto their serves for the first six games with Alcaraz making the first breakthrough only to be pulled back in the next game
The youngster earned another break in the ninth game and served out on his second match point to seal his spot in the semi-final.
His next opponent compatriot Munar came back from one set down to beat Belrussian Ilya Ivashka 6-7(5) 6-4 6-4, saving six of the nine break points he faced during the 2-hours and 55-minutes match which saw him fire seven aces.
In the top half of the draw Albert Ramos Vinolas also rallied back from losing a tetchy first set to beat the Slovak, Norbert Gombos 6-7(4) 7-5 6-4.
The fourth seed will face a semi-final clash against last year’s US Open semi-finalist Pablo Carreno Busta, who cruised past Korean seventh seed Soonwoo Kwon 6-4 6-0 with a break in the fifth game of the first set and three consecutive breaks in the second, leads 2-1 in head-to-head matches.
Meanwhile, at the Sardegna Open in Sardinia, the strong gusts of that have blown across the centre court at the Cagliari Tennis Club, continued to provide tricky conditions for the players.
Despite the conditions, second seed Taylor Fritz will play the Italian third seed Lorenzo Sonego in the last-four after defeating Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene.
Fritz, who recently climbed to No.1 in the US rankings, beat Bedene 6-3 6-4, while Sonego fought back from 3-6 3-5 down to see off Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann 3-6 7-6(6) 6-3.
Georgia’s fourth seed Nikoloz Basilashvili, the Doha champion, outlasted German fifth seed Jan-Lennard Struff 7-5 4-6 6-3 and will play Laslo Djere in the other semi-final.
Unseeded Serbian Djere won 6-4 4-6 6-2 to end the breakthrough run of Italy’s teenage star Lorenzo Musetti, who had survived four match points against Britain’s Dan Evans in the previous round.
The 19-year-old, who has looked in supreme form this week appeared to run out of steam in the deciding set as the Serb claimed the remaining semi-final slot.