Pablo Carreno Busta delighted the home fans by winning his fifth ATP Tour title when he defeated fellow Spaniard Jaume Munar 6-1 2-6 6-4 in the Andalucia Open championship match at the Puente Romano complex in Marbella.
It's a pleasure to win a title here in Spain, in Marbella. For me, it's very special. It's my fifth title, so I'm very, very happy for the victory. Pablo Carrena Busta
For the second consecutive day, the top seed was required to battle through a tiring three-setter
“I suffered like yesterday trying to continue fighting all the time… I needed to do it if I wanted to win this kind of match,” Carreno Busta admitted. “It’s a pleasure to win a title here in Spain, in Marbella. For me, it’s very special. It’s my fifth title, so I’m very, very happy for the victory.”
It was his 200th victory at tour level and certainly required all his experience to quell his young compatriot’s spirited challenge over the two hours and 21-minutes it took to complete.
Even the Swedish legend Bjorn Borg, who was making the presentations, was impressed by the standard.
“We saw a great final today with two great players and great tennis,” Borg said. “I think everybody agrees with me on that.”
And his comments, as well as the presence of another legend, also a Wimbledon champion, Manolo Santana, made an impression on the new champion.
“It’s an honour to have Bjorn and also Manolo Santana here,” Carreno Busta said. “It’s very special to us to play in front of these legends and it’s always a pleasure to hear these words from them.”
The first two sets might have been mundane, but the third certainly made up for it with both players producing great shots under pressure as well as displaying some very soft hands around the net, with excellent half-volley pick-ups and forcing volleys.
“I started really good, really focussed, being very aggressive,” Carreno Busta said of his performance. “After that I missed a little bit and Jaume started to play better and at the end.”
Munar, ranked 95, pushed him all the way but became unstuck in the ninth game of the decider when he crucially dropped his serve on his seventh break point of the game. A backhand return driven down the line forced an error of Munar and the opportunity for the world No.15 to serve out for the title.