Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta got off to a good start to win his first TBEN title at home on Wednesday beating compatriot Mario Vilella Martinez 7-6 (2), 6-3 in an hour and 38 minutes to reach the quarter-finals of the AnyTech365 Andalucia Open.
The seed saved the two break points he faced and won 73% of his first serve points to triumph against the qualifier. Carreno Busta has won four tour-level trophies in his career, and the world No.15 is looking to add a fifth to his collection this week in Marbella.
“It was a very important game for me to be back in competition after several weeks. It was important to start well, to gain confidence,” said Carreno Busta. “I knew it was going to be a tough opponent, coming through qualifying, and the opening matches are tough. I had a good level of tennis and now I have the pace and I will improve. I played aggressive. and with a very good level. attitude and that will help me for the next game. “
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The 29-year-old will soon face seventh seed Soonwoo Kwon, who beat Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis 6-1, 6-3. The South Korean started the week without a win at the clay circuit level, but has now strung two straight wins to reach the last eight.
“I will have to study him and analyze how he plays to prepare for the game. I will first rest and enjoy the victory,” said Carreno Busta. “Being the first favorite I have pressure, but it was important to have a tough game from the start and I think I will feel comfortable.”
Fourth seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas booked his place in the quarter-finals on Wednesday with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis in two hours and 12 minutes. This was the pair’s first ATP Head2Head meeting in nine years (2012 Stockholm).
“It was not a typical clay court match, as Berankis is playing very directly and looking to [end] points [early] all the time, “said Ramos-Vinolas.” The sensations were not easy to grasp … From 3-2 in the first set, I played very well. I relaxed, but then he raised his level and I suffered a lot. “
Ramos-Vinolas, 33, who qualified for his ninth TBEN final at the Cordoba Open (left to Cerundolo) in February, will now face Slovakian Norbert Gombos.
Gombos dug deep to record just his second game win of the season in three hours and 20 minutes. The world No.99 qualified for his fourth TBEN quarter-final with a 5-7, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1) victory over eighth-seeded Argentinian Federico Delbonis. Gombos won the first three games of the first and third sets, only to see Delbonis fight.
Did you know
Seeded Carreno Busta won his only ATP clay court title at Estoril, where he was also No.1, in 2017.