Pablo Carreno Busta fights for First Masters 1000 Crown | ATP Tour

Probably “one of the worst years” of his career? Probably not anymore.

Pablo Carreno Busta gave this assessment of his 2022 campaign before the final in Montreal on Sunday. The unseeded Spaniard accelerated his season by winning his maiden ATP Masters 1000 title with a 3-6 6-3 6-3 win Hubert Hurkaczand claims the seventh tour-level title.

The 31-year-old worked his way into the match by ramping up his aggression and locking in on the return to control the final two sets. After receiving a swing-changing break early in the second set, Carreno Busta made his breakthrough in the third game of the third set as he clinched the biggest win of his career. He sealed the win in style, converting on his third break point of the game.

The title comes as a reward for a stellar week for the former world No. 10, which has also included upsets in straight sets Matteo Berretini and Jannik sinner before his final win over the eighth seed. With six wins this week, Carreno Busta improved to 28-17 this season as he clinched his first title of the season. He is the sixth Spaniard to win an ATP Tour title this year.

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While neither man was dominant on serve, both stayed out of trouble in the opening two sets save for one loose service game apiece, leading both to a break to love. Carreno Busta came to naught in game six of the opener, but after Hurkacz sealed the set with an ace, the Pole handed his opponent a lifeline with an error-strewn service game in set number two.

There were no more break points in the first two sets and just one game of deuce, on the Hurkacz serve midway through the second set. Carreno Busta sent the match into the decider with an unreturned serve after just an hour and five minutes of play on Court Central. Forty minutes later, he finishes the match as the Montreal champion.

Both contenders left the field before the deciding set and Hurkacz immediately threatened Deuce on return before Carreno Busta’s hard ground play earned him a break in the next game as he broke to make it 2-1.

The point of the game came when the Spaniard served 3-2. Carreno Busta ran down a lob and used a desperate jab to return with his back to the court, his momentum carrying him against the back wall. The sky-high lob worried Hurkacz, who backed up to bounce it, leaving his opponent back in the point. The Spaniard then produced a grand final with a flying backhand volley winner, resulting in Hurkacz sending his racquet down in frustration.

Carreno Busta was equally effective on both first and second serves, winning more than 70 percent of points from both deliveries. He only had one break point in the match when Hurkacz scored in the opening set.

Turning the match in the second set, the unseeded champion excelled at converting points from attacking positions. According to the INSIGHTS: Conversion metric, he won all 16 points in which he gained an attacking advantage in the set, easily beating the tour average of 66 percent.

Hurkacz versus Carreno Busta

Carreno Busta moved up nine spots to 14th in the Pepperstone ATP Live Rankings this week. He also moved up to 11th place in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin, improving 18 places.

Hurkacz, who only came off the court around 1:30 a.m. local time after a doubles semifinal loss in the early hours of Sunday morning, lost his first final in his sixth tour-level title shot. He moved up two places to ninth in this week’s Live Race To Turin.

The Montreal event announced a record attendance of 237,158 over the course of the tournament, up 12,000 from the previous record set in 2019.


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