winston16carreno_bautista

Points won by each set: [ 43-42, 39-34, 30-22 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
32 % Carreno – 32 of 98
27 % Bautista – 31 of 112

Carreno [49] was seeded with No. 16, so he barely avoided playing the first round, which certainly helped him somehow to claim his first ATP title (in the third final) at the age of 25. “It’s an amazing feeling. I worked very hard to be here and now I have to enjoy this moment,” Carreno Busta said. “To [beat] Roberto you have to fight because he’s a really tough player. He’s a Spanish player like me. It’s not easy to play against another Spanish player.” The final depended on serve which wasn’t easy to predict given two Spanish players. In the first tie-break Bautista Agut recovered from 4:6* and led 3:2 (40/30) on serve in the 2nd set – then Carreno played one of his best forehands on that day to get a quick re-break. In the deciding set he obtained the vital break at 2-all in quite lucky circumstances – first he got a break point with an accidental FH dropshot off return, then his FH moon-lob landed on the baseline, and a few strokes later Bautista made an error. Carreno converted his first match point serving an ace, with a slight help of the umpire who overruled linesman’s decision (Carreno didn’t want to challenge immediately).

Carreno’s route to his maiden title (79th main-level event):
2 Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 7-5
3 Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 7-6(1)
Q Andrey Kuznetsov 6-4, 6-3
S John Millman 6-4, 7-6(5)
W Roberto Bautista 6-7(6), 7-6(1), 6-4

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