Pablo Carreno Busta wins the first Masters 1000 of his career in Montreal

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Pablo Carreno Busta wins the first Masters 1000 of his career in Montreal

Pablo Carreno Busta ended his week in Montreal in the most beautiful way by winning his first Masters 1000 this Sunday against Hubert Hurkacz in the final (3-6, 6-3, 6-3). A monstrous week which saw him correct players such as Matteo Berrettini (6-3, 6-2), Holger Rune (6-0, 6-3) and Jannik Sinner (6-2, 6-4) without manner. ).

he was opposed for the third time in his career to Hubert Hurkacz and in view of their previous confrontations, we could expect a close final. It was. On the heels of a tournament that had seen him regain his best level, the Pole managed the first set perfectly thanks, in particular, to his serve. So much so that one could fear a quickly dispatched final.

But Carreno Busta showed great game intelligence. Helped by the sudden irregularity of his opponent (29 unforced errors, against 12 for the Spaniard), the 23rd player in the world decided to take more risks, in particular to return Hurkacz’s second serves. Taking the ball earlier and earlier, he removed his opponent from safety when his first ball did not pass (67% of points in return for second for Carreno Busta). More than enough to break at his first opportunity and return to a set everywhere.

Frustrated Hurkacz

Always more successful in return (80% behind the Pole’s second in this third set, 70% on the match), Carreno Busta planted his banderillas and prevented his opponent from putting down his game. More sulky than ever, Hurkacz let himself be invaded by frustration, like at the end of this superb point where the two men chained climbs and lobs before Carreno Busta managed a pass and Hurkacz threw his racket away. Frustrated, but without visible rebellion, Hurkacz had many eyes on his coach, he had no solution. On the other side of the net, Carreno Busta was in a state of grace. With a quick break in this final set, he managed his lead without ever panicking. Until this victory, the most beautiful of his career.

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