Pablo Carreno Busta won his first title since spring of 2017 Sunday besting Alexander Bublik 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-6(3) to capture the Chengdu trophy.
It was the Spaniard’s fourth career title, first since Estoril back in 2017.
“This year was very tough for me because of the injuries at the beginning of the year,” said Carreno Busta. “It is really tough when you cannot play and enjoy this sport.
“I just tried to continue working hard because I know when you work and do as much as possible, normally you have the prize. Now I am here with the trophy winning my fourth ATP Tour title and for me it is the reason to continue fighting and playing this sport.”
The 28-year-old Carreno Busta has three hard court titles among his four trophies.
“It was an incredible week here in Chengdu,” he said. “During the week I felt really comfortable on court. 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 winner of the tournament.”
The 22-year-old Bublik smashed 125 aces during the week, but fell just short in his bid for a first title.
“I am happy to be in my second final and I am happy for Pablo, he played an unbelievable match,” said Bublik.
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