Canadian Masters. Pablo Careno tops tennis in Spain

The Asturian player of national representatives in this type of tournament won his first Masters 1000 in the fifth final of the year.

from Spain pablo carreno First title won this Sunday Masters 1.000 of his career, imposing himself 3-6, 6-3 and 6-3 Pole against Hubert Hárkaz in the final of the Montreal tournament. Careno, 31 and world number 23, is the third Spaniard to win the tournament after Rafa Nadal, winner in 2005, 2008, 2013, 2018 and 2019, and champion Manuel Orantes in 1975.

It has been 21 years since a player won the tournament without starting as the top seed, and Carreno was the hero of an unbeatable week, in which he single-handedly beat Italians Matteo Berrettini and Janic Sinner, Dane Holger Rune and Briton Jack Draper. . Had done it. He and Daniel Evans before beating world number 10 Harkaz in the final.

Carreo, born in Gijón in 1991, celebrated the seventh title of his career and it is This wonderful 2022. 6th Spanish player to win the tournament ofAfter Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz, Roberto Bautista, Albert Ramos and Pedro Martinez. And that the third confrontation of his career with Harkaz began with Dhruv as the owner of operations. He gave Pyaar a break in the sixth set and defended him to take a 6-3 lead.

character to draw

But the reaction of Careno, winner of an intense fight in the semi-final against Daniel Evans, was not long in coming. He improved with his serve, the weapon he carried in this final (94% of games won with serves this week), and the rest. He got the break at zero in the third game and didn’t let his opponent get up, leveling the match at 6-3.

He added character in the deciding set against a Harkaz, who had won all five finals he had played in his career up to that point. Carreno came out of a shaky position at 30-30, with an incredible backhand, and, after winning the match, broke it at 30 to take a 2-1 lead. With 3-2 in light of the game’s most spectacular point, he was the hero when he ran 76 yards, collected a vaseline over the Hurkaz line and sealed the point with a backhand shot.

He was adamant on serve and earned another “break” at 5-3 to punish the match with a 6-3 final, allowing him to unleash all his joy for the most important title of his life. Careno, a semi-finalist at the 2017 US Open, defeated a Herquez in his second 1000 final after winning Miami 2021 over Janic Sinner. Pole missed the opportunity to attack eighth in the world rankings, which would be the highest of his career.

Carreno and Hurkacz will compete again in the Cincinnati tournament next week, the last Masters 1000 before the start of the US Open. The Spaniard will start against Serbian Miomir Kekmanovic on the cement of the Lindner Family Tennis Center.