Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta lifts his first ATP Masters 1000 trophy at the National Bank Open presented by Rogers, toppling eight seed Hubert Hurkacz in Montreal on Sunday’s final.
On Sunday, the Spanish player hit back Court Central to contest his first career championship match at a Masters 1000 level against Pole Hubert Hurkacz, who beat fourth seed, Casper Ruud, advancing to his sixth career final.
Their third meeting at tour level, their first this season, saw the 31-year-old Spaniard bouncing back in style from a set down to claim his 7th ATP title.
Moreover, Carreno Busta became a Masters 1000 champion, one of the biggest achievements of his career, alongside his bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games.
“It’s an amazing feeling to be a Masters 1000 winner,” he said after the grand finale. “It’s the best title of my career for sure, and I don’t know how I’m feeling at this moment.”
Relying on his big serve, Poland’s top men’s player took an early lead, and within 20 minutes into the first set, he produced a break over his adversary, opening a 4-2 advantage.
Continuing to put his rival under pressure, he marched to seal a 6-3 win with an ace in 31 minutes.
The Spaniard regrouped, setting off the second set playing more aggressively. A flat game for Hurkacz resulted in a 2-0 lead for Carreno Busta, who adjusted his game, finding his rhythm while keeping his hopes alive to bring home the trophy.
Serving well, the Gijon native broke twice in the set, marching to even the score one set apiece, forcing a decider.
He won 84 percent of his first-service points and 67 with his second serve.
In the third set, both contenders raised to the occasion, playing box office rallies that the crowd who packed the IGA Stadium cherished, running a run of applauses.
Resilient, Carreno Busta maintained his momentum while frustration built on his opponent.
The former moved ahead to convert his third break point of the match, closing out 6-3 to earn a much-deserved triumph, while preventing the 25-year-old from winning his sixth career ATP singles trophy.
“I lost the first set, just one break, but you know when you play against these kinds of players, who have a really good serve, it’s really tough to be there,” he added. “But I just continued believing because I know that I was playing better and better. I tried to be aggressive with my serves, and I could make two breaks, enough to be a winner.”
Overall, he won 73 percent of his first-service points and 71 with his second, hitting 22 winners (4 aces), committing 12 unforced errors while converting 100 percent of his breakpoints opportunities.
En route to the final, Carreno Busta ousted 11th seed Matteo Berrettini in straight sets in their first-round clash.
A thrilling three-setter saw the Spanish player powering past in-form Evans, edging Hurkacz to wrap up a nearly flawless week.
In the lead-up to the U.S. Open, Carreno Busta will play at the Western & Southern Open, running from August 14 to 21st in Cincinnati, Ohio.