Carreno Busta wins battle of the Pablos

Published by Matt Trollope

Pablo Carreno Busta celebrates during his victory over Pablo Cuevas in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open; Getty Images
Pablo Carreno Busta has advanced to his first ATP Masters 1000 semifinal after outlasting Pablo Cuevas in a third-set tiebreak.

Pablo Carreno Busta has saved a match point to produce the biggest Masters 1000 result of his career – and will crack the top 20 as a result.

Carreno Busta outlasted Pablo Cuevas 6-1 3-6 7-6(4) to reach the semifinals at Indian Wells, where either Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem awaits.

Cuevas, the 27th seed, led 3-1 in the final set and held a match point in the 10th game, which No.21 seed Carreno Busta saved in a thrilling rally.

The slightly more aggressive Spaniard then rose to the occasion in the tiebreak, ending the match against his Uruguayan opponent with an athletic, leaping volley winner.

Until this fortnight at Indian Wells, Carreno Busta has just once been beyond the second round of a Masters-level event.

That was in 2014, when he advanced to the third round at Monte Carlo as a qualifier.

“It’s an amazing feeling. It’s my first time in the semifinal in a Masters 1000, but here in Indian Wells, for me, this tournament is one of the best, not just the Masters 1000, one of the best tournaments in the year and maybe one of the tougher, because all the people is playing here, all the top 20. Just Raonic didn’t play,” he said.

“So I think it’s a really great result for me.”

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