Pablo Carreno Busta lost to Benoit Paire in straight sets on Friday during the France-Spain first singles rubber. In press conference, the Spanish player admitted he was bothered by a leg injury. 'It was a complicated afternoon because I had the same issue as in New York', he admitted.
'I started to feel it at the start of the second set and I could not play the second and third set either. This week I trained better every day. We knew that you had the risk of feeling it again but I was feeling well before the match.
I did not retire but I could not play at 100 per cent. On 3-0 second set I already knew that coming back was difficult because I was not feeling well.' 'In the first set I did not have any issue. I had two double break options, two set points for 6-3, then another one to win 6-4, but we knew that Benoit plays well in some moments and not so well in other moments.' About his mental status, Carreno said he was not so focused anymore at the beginning of the second set when he started feeling pain.
'It definitely makes me not available for the third day. If I did not recovery from the injury over a week and a half it's difficult that you recover over one day. The pain starts little by little and it comes a stage where you deal with it all the time.' The week prior to the tie, the world No.
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