Carreno Busta battles to first title in over two years in Chengdu

Denis Shapovalov has been eliminated from the Chengdu Open after Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta defeated the Canadian 6-3, 6-4 in semifinal action Saturday. The pair have met twice in their career, each winning once, with Shapovalov most recently defeating the No. 64-ranked Busta in the round of 64 at the Italian Open in May.

The Spaniard withstood 12 aces from the eighth seed to claim victory after 63 minutes, securing a single break in each set to snap a six-match losing streak in tour-level semi-finals. In his only previous meeting against Bublik at the 2016 VTB Kremlin Cup, the Spaniard also needed a final-set tie-break to claim the win.After saving two set points at 4-5, 15/40, with strong serving and attacking play, Bublik edged a tense first-set tie-break. "The surface is very fast, but I was very good with my serve during all the matches and I think it was the key to being the victor of the tournament". You can find the Alexander Bublik v Pablo Carreno Busta live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here. He then had a more straight-forward win over Jordan Thompson of Australia, before he pulled off a major surprise, knocking out the US Open semi-finalist, Grigor Dimitrov, in a tense three set battle that was decided on a third set tie-break. "He serves really well with his first and second serves".

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Carreno Busta took advantage of his opportunities, converting both of his break point chances.

  • Lawrence Cooper