Carreno Busta beats Shapovalov to reach US Open semi-finals

Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain reacts to winning match point during his Mens Singles quarter finals-match against Denis Shapovalov of Canada on Day Nine of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City.

Carreno Busta of Spain defeated Canada’s Denis Shapovalov in a roller-coaster of a five-setter to reach the US Open semi-finals early Wednesday.

The 20th seed overcame his 12th-seeded opponent 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/4), 0-6, 6-3 in 4hr 8min inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The Spaniard will play fifth seed Alexander Zverev of Germany, who progressed to the semis earlier Tuesday, for a place in Sunday’s final.

“I’m destroyed, but I’m very, very happy after this fight, this battle,” said Carreno Busta, who was a US Open semi-finalist in 2017.

He said it was “incredible” to be back in the last-four again after working “very, very hard” with his coach during the quarantine shutdown.

Carreno Busta admitted though that fortune was on his side at times in the match.

“I was a little bit lucky here,” the 29-year-old said.

Shapovalov was undone by ill-timed double faults and misplaced shots during key moments of the match.

His service game was particularly wayward during the two tie-break sets he lost.

Shapovalov hit 11 double faults while Carreno Busta had only one.

The Canadian smashed 76 winners compared to just 33 by the Spaniard.

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