The aftermath of a party is sometimes painful. Pablo Carreno Busta, was able to make the bitter observation Tuesday in Cincinnati. Winner at 31 of his first career Masters 1000 on Sunday in Montrealafter having lived an idyllic week in Canada and dominated to conclude the Pole Hubert Hurkacz in the final, the Spaniard, who jumped to 14th in the world, fell hard to earth in the first round of the Cincinnati tournament, out in three sets by Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic (1-6, 7-5, 7-6 ).
Carreno Busta had however started the match perfectly, easily winning the first set (6-1) in 32 minutes. The affair was going to get tougher in the second set, which the Spaniard dropped 7-5, after dropping two consecutive break points at 2-2.
The third set did not reach madness in terms of play. But Carreno Busta seemed to have done the hardest part by breaking from the start. A lead he kept until 4-3 before dropping his serve in turn. An increasingly floating face-off for the Spaniard, who committed seven double faults on the set (13 in total) and delayed the deadline for a moment by saving a match point at 5-6. Again in front in the tie-break (3-1), he even seemed to be able to get out of it, but he ended the decisive game wrong, losing four points in a row to leave all sheepish, after having been all beautiful three days more early.
Kecmanovic will be opposed in the second round to the American Marcos Giron, from the qualifications, who dominated in two sets (6-3, 6-4) David Goffin.