Pablo Carreo Busta will be able to claim to have played at least the semifinals of all of America’s ATP Masters 1000 in the future. He did so in 2017 at Indian Wells and a year later in Miami. This Saturday he will do so at the National Bank Open presented by Rogers de Montréal.
And this time the illusion of reaching your first final in a tournament like this may be more. The first is the level the Spaniard falls in Canada: after facing Matteo Berrettini, Holger Rune, Janik Sinner and Jack Draper, he has yet to lose a set in the tournament. Also, after losing Friday’s service game against Draper, he only suffered one break for the entire week.
And there’s another reason why Pepperstone is excited to move up to No. 23 in the ATP rankings. This Saturday will be their first Masters 1000 semi-final to start as favourites. He fell against then No. 3 Stan Wawrinka in Indian Wells 2017 and then No. 5 Alexander Zverev in Miami 2018. This time his opponent will be world number 39 Daniel Evans.
The Briton, against whom Careno has no record on tour, will play his first ATP Masters 1000 semi-final on hard courts, leaving behind Filip Krajinovic, Andrey Rublev, Taylor Fritz and Tommy Paul. If Careno can stop him, he will qualify for the biggest final of his career and will be sure to climb to No. 16 in the Pepperstone ATP Live rankings.
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15 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race to Turin and will increase his chances of qualifying for the first straight time (he was already an alternate) in the season finale Nieto ATP Finals. “Careno” [Busta] He’s a great player, he’s a very experienced professional,” Evans said. “He’s underrated, but he’s a very tough opponent.”
The second key of the semifinals will be played by Hubert Herkaz and Casper Rood, who lead 1-0 in ATP head two history this year thanks to a win at Roland Garros. World No. 10 Pole, the only former Masters 1000 champion left in the tournament as of Thursday, will try to build his momentum after beating Nick Kyrgios in his fourth Masters 1000 semi-final on Friday.
The Norwegian, ranked seventh in the Pepperstone ATP rankings, will contest his sixth Masters 1000 semi-final (all from September 2020). If he wins this Saturday, he will be sure to displace Carlos Alcaraz from No. 4 in the Peppersonte ATP rankings, and he will appear at his career high on Monday.