07 May - 19:42

¡Enhorabuena! Carreno-Busta 2017 Estoril Open champion

Pablo Carreño Busta won his maiden ATP clay title this Sunday by defeating Gilles Müller and becoming the 2017 Millennium Estoril Open champion.

Pablo Carreño Busta won his maiden ATP clay title this Sunday by defeating Gilles Müller and becoming the 2017 Millennium Estoril Open champion.

The 25-year-old Spaniard confirmed his first seed status and prevailed in straight sets 6-2 7-6(5) over Müller to lift his first trophy of the year, and third in his career (Moscow 2016 and Winston Salem 2016).

In a soldout Estádio Millenium Carreño-Busta started the final in style: he took advantage of a rusty Müller, whose serve was less than stellar in the beginning and raced to win the first set 6-2.

The second set was more levelled with 33-year-old Luxembourgian Müller upping his game and forcing the tie-break. Carreño-Busta however kept his cool and sealed the win with a 7-5, keeping his Millennium Estoril Open 2017 record impeccable – the Spaniard lifted the trophy without losing a single set all week.

After making the semis in 2015 and losing the title last year to compatriot Nicolas Almagro Carreño-Busta was ecstatic to go one better this Sunday and bring home the trophy this time.

“I’m very happy and looking forward to celebrating this title. After last year, having lost in a very tough final it’s great to comeback and lift the trophy. The tiebreak was very tigh and was decided by just one point.”, said Carrenõ-Busta in the press conference after the final.

En route to win his third career title, Carreño-Busta defeated three Spanish players, all of which key figures in contemporary tennis, specifically in clay: Tommy Robredo, Nicolas Almagro and David Ferrer. Asked about the importance of those wins Carreño-Busta was candid: “Facing Spanish players is always difficult. To face three former top 10, monsters in the sport and in this surface gives me lots of confidence for the future”, concluded the Spaniard.

In regards to Millennium Estoril Open Pablo Carreño-Busta left the door wide open: “If I can I’ll return to Estoril next year, for sure!”

We can’t wait Pablo!

 

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