Great first for Alexander Zverev! First led by two sets, the German was able to overthrow a Pablo Carreno Busta who liquefied after having started perfectly, to win in five sets, after 3:22 in a match again sluggish (3-6 , 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3). At 23, the number 5 seed is finally holding his first Grand Slam final. With him, the “Winning Ugly” still has a bright future ahead of him. Still, even draft, he always seems to find a way to have the last word in this tournament.
For a long time, this match is likely to haunt the nights of Pablo Carreno-Busta. At 29, the Spaniard has never been so close to a Grand Slam final. But he nevertheless managed to let go of a match that he mastered in great width to bow for the third time in his career after leading by two sets. Surely under pressure. For more than an hour, he had managed to get the best of an opponent still in “mister Alexander and doctor Zverev” mode, capable of both the best and the worst.
Alexander Zverev qualified for his first Grand Slam final
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Carreno-Busta, two small sets and then goes …
The worst first, against a player faithful to his qualities, who held the exchange from the baseline, cracking very rarely (only 3 unforced errors in the second set). The protege of David Ferrer, him, cracked too easily, multiplying the blows too long or too soft. Above all, he continued, as against Coric in the quarterfinal, to make double faults at the worst times. After conceding 4 games in a row in the first act, he totally got through the second, only waking up 5-0 against him.
Already, the nervousness of the semi-finalist of the 2017 edition was felt, when concluding in the first two acts. But he had taken advantage of his many breaks in advance to manage. On the other hand, while he had one foot in the final, he lost his tennis, while the enigma Zverev gradually found his own. Out of the way, he too easily let go of his serve twice in the heart of the third set, allowing his opponent to regain confidence. Then, once thrown after coming back to one end, Zverev showed all his talent in service (88% of points won behind his first ball in the 4th act) to reset the counters to zero.
Carreno-Busta, he totally foiled, including 22 unforced errors in the penultimate set. After calling on the physiotherapist before the last round, he never seemed able to reverse the course of the match, especially after this break conceded from the start of the last act. If we can blame him for many things, Alexander Zverev continues to cross the thresholds, against all odds. He will be, whatever happens, the outsider of the final on Sunday. What if this observation freed him, only to let us see his best side?