Carreno Busta vs. Tsitsipas
|Date & Time||Saturday April 28, 2018, 11:00 PM (EDT)|
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Stefanos Tsitsipas and Pablo Carreno Busta meet in the semifinals of the 2018 tennis Barcelona Open.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is coming off a straight sets win over Dominic Thiem that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Tsitsipas won 72 percent of his first serve points and 65 percent of his second serve points. Tsitsipas pulled off the quarterfinal upset rather easily, as he won 47 percent of his return points and broke four times. Tsitsipas now has two career wins over top-10 players and is enjoying one of his breakthrough tournaments at just 19 years old. Tsitsipas has now won 14 of his last 16 sets on clay and seems to be gaining confidence by the point. Tsitsipas has split his last eight semifinal appearances. Tsitsipas hopes to make his first ever ATP final appearance. Tsitsipas has won 12 of his last 13 matches on clay court.
Pablo Carreno Busta is coming off a straight sets win over Grigor Dimitrov that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Carreno Busta won 65 percent of his first serve points and 61 percent of his second serve points. Carreno Busta played an impressive quarterfinal match in which he controlled the pace and managed to break four times. Carreno Busta seems to be more and more comfortable on clay and is piling up the winners in big situations. Carreno Busta has lost four of his last five semifinal appearances. Carreno Busta hopes to make his first final since last years Estoril Open and the seventh final appearance of his career. Carreno Busta has won four of his last five matches on clay court.
This will be the first ever meeting between these two players.
You can’t write off Tsitsipas after what he just did to Thiem and how successful he’s been on clay this season. However, Carreno Busta is more experienced in big game matches and usually plays his best on clay. Carreno Busta is controlling the pace well, spraying winners and isn’t making silly errors. It’s hard seeing Tsitsipas beat three quality players in a row.
Carreno Busta makes his first final of the year.