Falling behind a set and a break was no issue for Pablo Carreno Busta who fought back to beat countryman Roberta Bautista Agut 6-7(6), 7-6(1), 6-4 to win his first career title at the Winston-Salem Open in North Carolina on Sunday.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” the 25-year-old Carreno Busta said. “I worked very hard to be here and now I have to enjoy this moment… To [beat] Roberto you have to fight because he’s a really tough player. He’s a Spanish player like me. It’s not easy to play against another Spanish player.”
“To win my first ATP World Tour title is a dream because you can play finals and I played two this year. But when you continue working and you continue fighting all the time and finally the result arrives, for me, it’s really, really good.”
Agut was seeking his fifth career title and third on hard courts. He falls to 4-5 in finals.
“I had many chances to get closer to the win today but I didn’t [take] the chances,” Agut said. “I didn’t play well when I was set and break up. Tennis is like this, no? When you have the chance and you don’t [take] it, then you lose.”
“I came here to play some matches, so it was a positive week for me.”
Carreno Busta will receive 250ATP Rankings points and $85,625. Bautista Agut will receive 150 ATP Rankings points and $48,750.
Agut heads to New York as a 15 seed and takes on another 3-name countryman in Guillermo Garcia Lopez on Monday. Carreno Busta plays Tuesday against Ilya Ivashka.
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