Carreo overcomes pain and wins in incredible match-point

Carreo overcomes pain and wins in incredible match-point
Carreo overcomes pain and wins in incredible match-point

New York (USA) – In a duel between two top 20 in the third round of the US Open, the Spaniard Pablo Carreño easily won the first two sets, started to feel back pain, saw the Australian Alex de Minaur get close and finally ended up with the spot. The partials were 6/1, 6/1, 3/6 and 7/6 (7/5).

Cincinnati champion for two weeks, the 31-year-old former top 10 has already been in two US Open semifinals, in 2017 and 2020, in addition to having a doubles runner-up in 2016. Two years ago, he opened 2 sets to 0 on top. of Alexander Zverev in the semi and wasted his chance to decide the title against Austrian Dominic Thiem.

The big moment of the match came in the fourth set, when De Minaur had finally gained confidence and was more solid at the back of the court. The servers prevailed the entire time until the Australian served under pressure at 6/5 and had to save a match-point after a very long game.

It then opened 2-0, allowed a draw but broke again to open 3-2. It failed again in the serve, which showed the tension, but still De Minaur led until 4-3. The Spaniard used his experience to maintain equality and the Australian missed an easy ball to allow for the second match-point. Then came an incredible move, in which the two ran a lot, De Minaur arrived in a short ball, Carreño got a grand-willy and the opponent miscalculated the smash.

Carreño’s opponent on Sunday will be Russian Karen Kachanov, who saw British southpaw Jack Draper retire at the end of the third set, when he couldn’t bear any more muscle problems in his left leg. The Brit even had 5/2 in that third set, but stopped when the Russian turned and had 6/3, 4/6 and 6/5.

Former top 10 and now 31st in the ranking, he is for the first time in the round of 16 of the North American Grand Slam after failed attempts in 2018 and 2020. By winning in the debut of this US Open, he reached the 200th victory in his career, of which 129 were on the hard floor.

This will be the ninth duel between the two and Khachanov is coming off three straight wins, including this year’s Rome clay court and the 2021 Olympic semifinal. Carreño won two on clay and just one on hard court, in Canada in 2017.


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