JOHNNY Arcilla stayed on course for his seventh Philippine Columbian Association Open title with a 6-2 6-4 win over Fil-German Marc Seiber in the semifinals on Friday at the PCA shell courts.
The third-seeded Arcilla played with a nothing-to-lose attitude while taking advantage of numerous errors from the top-seeded Seiber to move into the finals to be played on Sunday afternoon.
“Hindi ako nag-expect na mananalo ako,” said Arcilla, who was coming off a tough three-set victory against Patrick John Tierro in the quarterfinals. “Naisip ko kasi gabi, ‘Patay, ipapakain na naman ako sa dragon nito.’ Wala akong pressure. Kung talo, talo. Kung panalo, okay lang.
“Gumanda pala laro ko kapag ganoon, kapag nothing to lose. Lahat ng tira ko, pumapasok,” he added.
Arcilla, the winningest PCA Open winner in the field but facing stiff competition this time around following the entry of foreign-based Filipino players in the tournament, set the stage for the win by breaking serve in the seventh game of the second set, chasing down a drop shot by Seiber for a backhand winner, 5-2.
Seiber finally found his form breaking back in the ninth but errors came back to haunt him again in the next game with a backhand shot ending up in the net giving the victory to Arcilla.
“He played good,” said Seiber. “I found my rhythm but it was too late. He changed the height (of his shots), he got drop shots.”
Arcilla will face the winner of the Elbert Anasta-Ruben Gonzales match being played as of posting time.