Pablo Carreno Busta claimed his first ATP title in more than two years after outlasting Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik to win the Chengdu Open Sunday. The 28-year-old claimed his third title in May 2017 at the Millennium Estoril Open.
"This year was very tough for me because of the injuries at the beginning of the year", said Carreno Busta. Carreno Busta booked his place in the final on his first match point with a powerful serve to Shapovalov's forehand.
He had the easier semi-final on paper, against Lloyd Harris, but the South African pushed him close in the first set before he won it on a tie-break, and then was able to secure a service break in the second to close out the match.
Shapovalov, ranked No. 34 and seeded eighth in the tournament, will face Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta in the semifinals early Saturday. The Spaniard leads Bublik 1-0 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series after winning their only previous encounter at the VTB Kremlin Cup.
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"I had (a lot of time) off the courts and it is really tough when you can not play and enjoy this sport".
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Reigning in his errors from the back of the court and redirecting Shapovalov's meteoric pace with greater accuracy, Gerasimov wrestled control of the match and levelled proceedings at a set apiece. The most recent player to join the list - Hubert Hurkacz - became the 14th maiden champion of the year following his title run at the Winston-Salem Open last month.