And in the end, it’s Pablo Carreno Busta who wins again. As in 2017 (editor’s note: in the third round), the Spaniard got the better of Denis Shapovalov at the US Open. If the current 27th player in the world had been expeditious three years ago (7-6, 7-6, 7-6), he had much more difficulty getting rid of the Canadian this Tuesday evening (3-6, 7 -6, 7-6, 0-6, 6-3). But the reward is magnificent: Pablo Carreno Busta joined the semi-finals of Flushing Meadows where he will meet Alexander Zverev, borna Coric slayer a few hours earlier.
“I feel comfortable on those fast courts, not just here in New York. I have been playing good tennis since the start of the tournament, said Pablo Carreno Busta seconds after his victory. As for everyone, the period of confinement has been difficult. But I took the opportunity to train hard. Today, the results are there. It’s awesome. It’s amazing to still be in the semi-finals at the US Open.“
26 aces pour Shapovalov !
In 2017, the native of Gijon had missed his chance in the semi-finals against Kevin Anderson (4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4). Three years later, he offered himself a new opportunity to play the first grand slam final of his career. For this he will have to master Alexander Zverev. Another customer who knows how to be ruthless in service, like Denis Shapovalov. This Tuesday, the Canadian had 26 aces and won 79% of his points on his first ball. But it was not enough.
Everything had started well for the seventeenth player in the world, at the start of this long duel which lasted 4:07. While leading 4-3, at the best time, he took the service of Pablo Carreno Busta. Always impeccable on his faceoff, Denis Shapovalov confirmed the break and won the first round in stride. Then the Canadian continued his momentum, during the second set, by breaking entry the Spanish player, who resurfaced five games later (3-3). It was the start of a long battle that would take the two men to the decisive game, which finally won Pablo Carreno Busta.
Carreno Busta embarrassed by back pain
The passing of arms continued in the third round. If Pablo Carreno Busta took Denis Shapovalov’s serve at 3-2, the Canadian player managed to pick up in stride. Ruthless then on their faceoffs, the two opponents once again engaged in a tie-break. Again won by the Spaniard (7-4). With a slight advantage, Pablo Carreno Busta could have flown away but the opposite happened: Denis Shapovalov broke him from the start before offering himself the fourth set without conceding any game. A fourth round that the striker of Novak Djokovic in the previous round concluded by calling on the physiotherapist, for pain in the lower back.
Despite everything, Pablo Carreno Busta was able to go for the victory in the fifth set. The second break point at 3-2 was the right one. The coup de grace was given. The Spanish player was heading for victory. A success synonymous with a second semi-final in a grand slam.