In his first career Grand Slam quarterfinal, Pablo Carreno Busta has the unenviable task of stopping the surging Rafael Nadal who has lost just 20 games in Paris.
“Is really difficult, because Rafa is maybe the best player in this surface of the history, and he’s playing really good, but I will try,” Carreno Busta said. “I’m playing good. I’m with a lot of confidence.
“I will try to enjoy this match and learn a lot. I will play against the best. And then we’ll see. Maybe I play and I lose easy or maybe I play and I win easy. You never know.”
Carreno Busta comes off his first career Top 10 beating Milos Raonic in 4 hours, 17 minutes. But the 25-year-old will get a day off before the big challenge.
“It was the best victory of my career. Maybe in one of the best moments and of the best places,” Carreno Busta said. “I enjoyed. I suffer, but I enjoyed. And of course if you win, you enjoy more.”
Carreno Busta is in line for more suffering against his good friend Nadal who has never lost to a Spaniard at the French Open, 13-0.
“He’s someone I really like,” Nadal said of Carreno Busta. “He’s a good person. I think he deserves it.”
Nadal leads his compatriot 3-0 and Rafa is 99-2 in best-of-5 matches on clay.
Career Busta is having his best season winning the Estoril title, reaching the Rio final and the Indian Wells semifinals.
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