Spanish veteran Pablo Carreno Busta won the biggest title of his career Sunday taking the Hamburg clay crown over Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 6-4.
Playing in his ninth career ATP final, the 29-year-old Carreno Busta won his first 500 level event and overall sixth career title, second of 2021 after his Marbella triumph.
“It’s an incredible feeling,” the second-seeded Carreno Busta told the crowd. “I think that I worked very, very hard to finally win this title. It’s my first ATP 500 title.”
Carreno Busta has now own his last four ATP finals and six of his last seven. Of his six career titles, three have come on clay.
“I felt very comfortable during the whole week from the first match,” said Carreno Busta who did not drop a set all week. “I think that I played very good and I continued improving during the week. That’s very important and today in the final I probably played the best match of the tournament.”
Krajinovic, also 29, was seeking his first ATP title. He falls to 0-4 in finals. This was his first 500 level championship match.
“I would like to congratulate Carreno, you were too good today. You deserved to win,” Krajinovic said. “It’s my fourth final, I still didn’t win. But I hope it will come one day.”
Earlier in the event, Krajinovic stunned the top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals.
Carreno Busta will now take this momentum to Tokyo for the Olympics which begin on Saturday.
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