A new Canadian Open Masters champion will be crowned Sunday in Montreal, and that will either be Hubert Hurkacz or Pablo Carreno Busta.
Hurkacz will seek his second career Masters title — he won Miami in 2021 — after coming from a set down to defeat Casper Ruud 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 in this all Top 10 match up. It was his third straight win in three sets this week.
“I was trying to stay in the game,” said Hurkacz of going down early. “Casper was playing really incredible tennis and he was the better player at the beginning, especially for the first set and a half. I was trying to stay in the game and hold on to compete as good as I can.”
The 25-year-old Polish No. 1 has never lost a final in his career, winning all five thus far.
“The finals are always very tricky,” said Hurkacz. “The best players from each half are playing there, so obviously whoever I’m going to play will have a lot of momentum, a lot of confidence. It’s just going to be a super tough battle.”
Tomorrow, he’ll meet Spanish veteran Carreno Busta who reached his first Masters final also doing in three sets defeating Dan Evans 7-5, 6-7(7), 6-2 in nearly three hours.
The 2-time US Open semifinalist reached his biggest career final tonight. He hadn’t dropped a set entering the match against Evans and held a match point in the second.
“It was fun for the crowd but for me it was tough,” the 31-year-old Carreno Busta said. “I had a match point in the second set but he served pretty good so I couldn’t do anything. When you have a match point and have to play another set, it’s always hard to do it.
“Mentally I think I was very good. Probably the beginning of the third set was the hardest part of the match. But after that I thought I had to be more aggressive, try to push a lot, try to go to the net, and it was good.”
The two split two meetings last year with Hurkacz winning indoors in Metz and Carreno Busta taking in Cincinnati.
“This week, I don’t know why but the level was unbelievable,” added Carreno Busta. “I played really good matches at the beginning of the tournament. Yesterday was not the best match but I suffered and I competed a lot. Today was the same. Probably I didn’t play the best tennis of the week but it’s very important to win these kind of matches when you are not playing your best. Happy to be in the final.”
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