Spanish 25 year old Pablo Carreno Busta captured his second title of the year and his career on Sunday in Moscow, coming from a set down to defeat Italian veteran Fabio Fognini 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the Kremlin Cup.
“When you win your first title, it’s a really special one, but this one is special also,” said Carreno Busta, who broke through for his first title prior to the US Open at Winston-Salem. “In both finals, I lost the first set. But then I continued fighting and I continued believing in myself, and at the end, I won the match and the tournament.”
Carreno Busta also finished runner-up on clay in Estoril and Sao Paulo. It was his first time playing on the Moscow indoor courts. The No. 6 seed won three of his five matches in three sets.
After losing the first set and leading 4-1 in the second, Carreno Busta injured his right thigh and had it taped during a medical time out. He went on to win the second set, and the third after breaking the Italian’s serve twice.
Fognini was trying to win his his first career hardcourt title.
“I always play good here,” Fognini said. “So Russia brings me luck.”
Fognini fell to 4-8 in career finals with all four of his titles coming on claycourts.
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