By Jürgen Fritz, Mon 15 Aug 2022, Cover photo: © JFB
At the Canada Masters in Montreal, 31-year-old Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta wins a C tournament for the first time in his career with victories over Berrettini, Sinner and in the final over Hurkacz. In The True Tennis World Ranking, the bronze medallist from Tokyo thus rises from 26 to 16.
Pablo Carreño Busta wins his first Masters 1000 title
Who would have thought it at the start of the tournament? At the Canada Open, Pablo Carreño Busta first beat Top 15 player Matteo Berrettini 6-3, 6-2, then Top 30 player Holger Rune 6-0, 6-3, Top 12 player Jannik Sinner 6-2, 6-4, in the quarter-finals British qualifier Jack Draper 7-6, 6-1. In the semi-final against the strong Daniel Evans he drops a set for the first time ever, winning 7-5, 6-7, 6-2, and in tonight’s final he beats Top 15 player Hubert Hurkacz 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Carreno Busta only gave up his service once in the first set to 2-4. From then on he won all his service games until the end of the match after 1:45 hours and broke Hurkacz three times in the second and third set, turned the match around completely and did not let up until the last rally. What a performance in the final and in the whole tournament! Hurkacz was playing in his sixth ATP final in Montreal and had never lost one before, his previous final record: 5-0. So far, he was considered to have enormous concentration and nerves of steel, especially in the very important matches. But the brilliant Carreno Busta has now broken the Polish player’s streak.
This is the first C-tournament victory (Masters 1000) in the career of the 31-year-old. Between 2016 and 2021 he won six ATP tournaments, five 250s (E) and last year in Hamburg for the first time a 500 (D). He then won the bronze medal at the Olympics with a victory over Novak Djokovic. So now his seventh tournament win overall, but most importantly the first 1000 title and thus the biggest win of his entire career.
In the JFB 52 Week Tennis World Rankings, Carreno Busta rises from 26 to 16, Hurkacz from 13 to 12. Montreal semi-finalist Casper Ruud overtakes Stefanos Tsitsipas, rising from 7 to 6, while the other semi-finalist Daniel Evans rises from 33 to 26. The quarter-finalists rise as follows: Auger-Aliassime from 9 to 8, Kyrgios from 15 to 14 and Tommy Paul from 29 to 27.
The True Tennis World Ranking
And this is how the current JFB 52 Week Tennis World Ranking looks after the Canada Open (C):
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