Pablo Carreno Busta

Pablo Carreno Busta beats compatriot in thriller to reach Marbella final

Top seed Pablo Carreno Busta booked his place in the final of the Andalucia Open where he will face either Carlos Alcaraz or Juame Munar in an all Spanish final. 

The World No 15 defeated Albert Ramos Vinolas in a close fought encounter 6-1 3-6 7-6(5) to reach his first ATP final since 2019.

Despite similar success behind the first serve, the main difference between the pair was the points won on second serve, with Carreno Busta winning 59% of second serve points compared to 47% for his opponent.

“It was so close. I don’t know what happened in the second set,” Carreno Busta said in an on-court interview.

“At the beginning of the match, I was very focussed on my game and being aggressive. After that, Albert of course started to push [back] more and [I] started to lose my level a little bit.

“I just kept fighting all the time, and I want to thank everyone [in the crowd] for their support. This is what we missed last year, the crowd. It’s very important to play these kinds of very close matches with a crowd like this.”

Carreno Busta, who has only won one clay event at Estoril in 2017, has enjoyed a successful week on home soil having beaten Mario Vilella Martínez and Kwon Soon-woo before his semi-final victory.

The 29-year-old will face his toughest test against clay court specialist Juame Munar or 17-year-old Carlos Alcaraz, who became the youngest player to reach an ATP tour semi-final since Alexander Zverev in 2014. 

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