De Minaur wins Zhuhai, Carreno Busta claims Chengdu crown

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CHAMPION: Alex de Minaur celebrates his victory in Zhuhai. Picture: Getty Images

Australian Alex de Minaur won his third ATP title of the season in Zhuhai.

The 20-year-old posted a 7-6(4) 6-4 win over France’s Adrian Mannarino, not facing a break point in the two hour, five minute victory.

“Coming in I always knew it was going to be a very tough match,” De Minaur said.

“He’s one of the toughest guys to play, very tricky, and in that first set I had so many chances and I wasn’t able to break him, so I just had to make sure I stayed calm and just kept on backing myself, stay positive and I was able to play some great points to turn the tiebreak around and that first set was huge.”

De Minaur’s ranking is projected to improve to No.25 – leap-frogging Nick Kyrgios as Australia’s top-ranked man.

Carreno Busta is Chengdu champion

Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta has claimed his first ATP title in more than two years, fighting back to beat Alexander Bublik in three sets in the Chengdu Open final in China.

World No.63 Carreno Busta, who snapped a six-match semifinal losing streak, won 6-7(5) 6-4 7-6(3). He withstood 31 aces from his big-serving 196cm Kazakh opponent to lift his fourth ATP trophy after just over two hours.

Both players were in control on serve in the final set and did not offer a break point, before Carreno Busta raced to a 5-1 lead in the tiebreak and went on to seal victory with a cross-court backhand winner.

It is Carreno Busta’s first title since winning the Estoril Open in 2017.

Bublik, 22, enjoyed an impressive run this week in Chengdu, recording upset wins over American Taylor Fritz and Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov to reach his second ATP final of the season.

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