National Bank Open: Carreno Busta will fight for the title
BETTING À DAY
In the unscheduled semi-final at the National Bank Open last night, Pablo Carreno Busta scored a three-set victory over Daniel Evans to advance to the final stage.
Carreno Busta prevailed 7-5, 6-7 (7) and 6-2 against Evans in a duel that lasted nearly three hours at center. At the same time, he will take part in a final of a Masters 1000 tournament for the first time in his career.
He will now face Pole Hubert Hurkacz who beat Norway's Casper Ruud earlier today. This will be the third time the pair have faced off in an ATP competition. They have obtained a victory each so far.
To return to the Carreno Busta-Evans duel, the two players put on an excellent show for the spectators who took their seats in the IGA Stadium. They delivered several long rallies and plenty of exciting streaks at net. They gave their all at every point. A high level duel.
Save the furniture
In the first set, the deciding point came with a scoreboard score of 5-5. Carreno Busta managed to break Evans' serve to take a 6-5 lead. The last game was a formality for the one who is ranked 23rd in the world.
In a way, the Spaniard saved the furniture because he had had the chance to close the books when he was leading 5-4. However, the Briton, 39th, showed resilience to level the score.
We were treated to a second frenzied sleeve. Carreno Busta erased a 4-1 deficit to force a tiebreaker. During this phase, both athletes pushed their limits. Evans had the last laugh with solid play.
It was the first set dropped by Carreno Busta in Montreal.
Then, in the final set, Carreno Busta found the energy to overcome his tough opponent. After getting a break in the sixth game, the Spaniard had no problem closing the books.