Pablo Carreño Busta ranked an unlikely hat-trick at the US Open
The Spaniard was the one who beat Alexander Zverev in the semi-final after an eventful journey throughout the tournament
From the very first day, the US Open 2020 has brought surprising stories. And it comes as no surprise than the banishment of world number 1, Novak Djokovic, who brought Pablo Carreño Busta into the quarterfinals where he made the most of his gift by beating young Canadian Denis Shapovalov .
So contrary to all expectations, the 29-year-old Spaniard is staring at an unlikely hat-trick as he plays Alexander Zverev on Friday for a place in the final. final on Sunday, against last year’s finalist Daniil Medvedev, or treble runner Dominic Thiem.
US Open champion Andreescu pays homage to King and his predecessors
Perhaps even Carreño Busta’s best friends weren’t predicting this scenario at the start of the tournament, as he is one of the quiet survivors of the game, with a history of many ups and downs. Born on clay but suitable for playing big from the back of a hard hole on a tilt (and allergic to Wimbledon’s turf), he peaked in 2017 when he reached the top 10 after reaching the third round at the Australian Open, quarter-finals at Roland Garros, out of the All England Club and semifinals at the US Open.
At Flushing Meadows that summer, amid far more feverish surroundings than the past few weeks, he didn’t beat Cam Norrie, Nicolas Mahut, Shapovalov or Diego Schwartzman before Kevin Anderson beat him in four close-ups. That effort left the South African empty handed against Rafael Nadal in the final – but this is where Carreño Busta belonged three years ago.
However, two years ago, in the semi-final at a low-rent event in Morocco, Carreño Busta’s game abandoned him completely for 55 minutes, when he lost 6-1, 6-1 first. World No. 388 player, a Polish teenager named Kamil Majchrzak, who played the match that was certainly the match in his life.
It may be a mistake to track opponents’ fortunes over the seasons, but it’s interesting to see Majchrzak, who reached world 83 in his career late last year, knocked out Norrie in the first round of the round. Cincinnati category Opened two weeks ago, showing potential in 2015.
In this match, Majchrzak was scheduled to play Benoît Paire in the first round before the French player was eliminated after testing positive for coronavirus, and Pole, currently 108th in the world, lost. replaced Ernesto Escobedo in three sets.
But which Carreño Busta will go head to head with Zverev: the bewildered loser in Morocco 2015 or the excited heathen that lit New York 2017?
Dominic Thiem overcame Alex de Minaur to reach the semi-finals of the US Open
Recent evidence suggests he will give his all. Ranked 20th from his ATP 30 standings after a late retreat, he methodically worked his way through the draw after a admittedly bad start to the 88th-ranked player. The Japanese world, Yasutaka Uchiyama, lost 19 games in the next three – their last five came before Djokovic’s infamous chaos, where Carreño Busta parted ways with him after the Serbs sent a ball backup turned to the throat of an innocent official at the end of the court.
However, he had to fight like a tiger against Shapovalov in games before winning 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4), 0-6, 6-3 in just over four hours.
All that is said, Zverev will begin a passionate love. Only Shapovalov with 94 serves more than Germany’s 92 and Zverev’s third fastest serve 140 km / h in New York. Unfortunately, his serve is still not as stable as always and 41 double errors in 5 matches, most in the tournament, will cause him anxiety.
Carreño Busta, who is not among the top 20 in any of these categories, delivers a game with a few terrifying threats – or ominous weaknesses. However, he will do well to pull Zverev to four sets.
The other finalists are harder to choose. Medvedev has a lot of obvious strengths in this respect, he will love the most, but Thiem is a player famous for the big, perhaps toughest game of the Tour. In the only decisive blow of the season this year, he pushed Djokovic all the way to Melbourne. His game is built on strength and resilience and would be a surprise if Medvedev overpower him.
But the Russians love this tournament, even though this time there are no fans. His open-minded and unpredictable makes him dangerous. While he may be able to play longer than Thiem, he may not be able to hold out against Zverev on Sunday.