World No. 27 Pablo Carreno Busta says he always tries to focus in the present and that's the main reason why he managed to come up big in the fifth set against Denis Shapovalov. No. 20 seed Carreno Busta defeated No. 12 seed Shapovalov 3-6 7-6 (5) 7-6 (4) 0-6 6-3 to reach his second US Open semifinal.
Shapovalov appeared to be in full control of the match after the fourth set but then Carreno Busta stepped up big time. "Well, I just try to think in the present, no? Also at the beginning of the match, I was very nervous.
I try to rushed. When I start the second set, I think that I was playing much better than on the first one," Carreno Busta said. "Then in the fourth set I felt little bit tight, my lower back. That's my important point, on my lower back.
Well, just the physio told me that I was little bit block. He try to do his things. Was incredible, no? After that I not feel 100% because we were playing, like, four hours, but I could play my best tennis again." Carreno Busta admitted he was nervous in the decider.
"Well, always you are nervous, no? It is a five sets. You are playing for be in the semifinals. But I was comfortable on court. The fifth set, I enjoy the moment, no? It's not easy to play these kind of matches because it was a really good battle.
Denis plays very good. I think if we play this level we can continue playing these kind of matches."
Carreno Busta recalls the Novak Djokovic default
Carreno Busta wasn't surprised by Shapovalov's game as he knew what to expect from the Canadian before the match.
"No, I know that Denis plays like this. With an incredible serve, lefty, that's more uncomfortable to play against them. Aggressive, no? Very aggressive, going to the net, trying to do the winners," Carreno Busta said.
No. 1 seed Djokovic was defaulted from his round-of-16 match against Carreno Busta after hitting the lines women. "Well, of course, it was a tough moment for Novak, for me, for the tennis, for everybody, no? I think the rule is the rule.
The referee needs to do these kind of things. "Of course, was unlucky, no, Novak hitting the ball in the line umpire... You can try to don't do these kind of things."