At age 31, Pablo Carreno Busta has won the biggest title of his career. The Spaniard joined Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz as Masters winners in 2022 rallying from a set down to beat Hubert Hurkacz 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
“It’s an amazing feeling to be a Masters 1000 winner,” Carreno Busta said. “It’s the best title of my career for sure and I don’t know how I’m feeling in this moment.
“I know that during all the week we worked very hard, also the weeks before. It’s very important to be very positive all the time. It’s not my best season this year. I lost some matches that probably other seasons I didn’t lose, but I just tried to continue believing in my team, in myself and in my game.”
Carreno Busta, a 2-time US Open semifinalist, had never been to a Masters final until this weekend.
“I lost the first set, just one break, but you know when you play against these kinds of players who have a really good serve it’s really tough to be there,” Carreno Busta said. “But I just continued believing because I know that I was playing better and better. I tried to be aggressive with my serves and I could make two breaks, enough to be a winner.”
And Carreno Busta handed Hurkacz his first ever loss in a final. The Pole was 5-0 entering the match and was on his way to 6-0 until things changed with a quick break in the second set. Carreno Busta took it from there.
“Pablo was playing really, really well throughout the whole match. It just was tough to play against him,” Hurkacz said. “Maybe I wasn’t serving as good as I can. But definitely Pablo deserved to win today.”
Along the way to his seventh career ATP title, Carreno Busta upset Italians Matteo Berrettini and Jannik Sinner, and he also beat Brits Dan Evans and Jack Draper.
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