World No. 16 Pablo Carreno Busta expects rising Danish star Holger Rune to keep improving in the upcoming period. Carreno Busta, seeded at No. 2, overcame Rune in three sets 6-4 3-6 6-4 in the Metz quarterfinal. It was the first meeting between former world No.
10 Carreno Busta and 18-year-old Rune. Rune, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 133 in the world, took a set off world No. 1 Novak Djokovic when they met in the US Open first round. "He is playing really well, he is going to improve a lot in the next months,” Carreno Busta said of Rune in his on-court interview, per the ATP website.
“I am happy as it was a very important victory for me. When you play this kind of player you have all the pressure to win and at the end it was a really good battle”.
Carreno Busta felt uncomfortable after Rune started being aggressive
Carreno Busta claimed the first break of the match in the fifth game and then served out for the opener in the 10th game.
Rune saved three break points in the opening game of the first set, before claiming his first break of the match in the second game. Rune saved two break points in the fifth game, before serving out for a decider in the ninth game.
Carreno Busta, who broke Rune in the eighth game for a 5-3 lead, failed to serve out for the match in the ninth game but broke the Dane in the 10th game to seal a three-set win. Rune put a great fight against former US Open semifinal st Carreno Busta but in the end he fell short in his attempt to claim a surprise win over the Spaniard.
"At the beginning I was more comfortable but then in the second set he started to be more and more aggressive with the returns and I wasn’t as comfortable then,” Carreno Busta added. “It will be a tough match [against Monfils]. I will be younger in the next match! I will try to do my best, Gael is an incredible player”.