Spaniard Jordi Samper-Montana is praying away the rain at the ACT Claycourt International so he can make his flight home on Sunday.

The No.1 seed has just a few hours after Sunday’s final to make his 6pm flight in bid to get home and watch his little brother Sergi play against Barcelona FC.

Sergi has played in the Champions League for Barcelona but is on loan this season to rival La Liga club Granada.

“I was better at football than my brother,” Samper-Montata joked.

“He also plays tennis really well but if you play for Barcelona there is obviously no chance to play tennis too.

“I travel for tennis a lot so I wake up to watch him play, but it is strange because my parents are not so much into sports.”

Samper-Montana, 26, crashed out early in the first of two ACT Claycourt Internationals, but bounced back in the second instalment and won through to the semis on Friday.

“I was not playing so good last week but this week I’m feeling really good, I think my mentality has changed,” Samper-Montana said.

“I’ve been here since the Australian Open qualifiers and after losing in the first round last week I got a chance to relax for a week and chill out and now I’m playing better.”

The world No. 217 reach a career-high 179 last year and is gunning for his second grand slam appearance at the French Open next month.

“Clay is my favourite surface, we always play on clay in Barcelona and I’m only here because this tournament is on clay,” Samper-Montana said.

“I played really well in French Open qualifiers last year and I’m trying to play well this week because I need some points to play there again.

“I’ll try to win this weekend but the level is so high and I have a very tough match tomorrow [Saturday] but if I keep playing well then I have a chance.

“My goal this year is to be top-100, this is the dream. I’m always trying to improve and will take confidence out of my wins in Canberra.”

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