World No. 16 Pablo Carreno Busta admitted it was "really tough" for him at the start of the match against Gael Monfils but he was glad that he managed to find his game and end on the winning side. Carreno Busta, seeded at No.
2, beat third-seeded Monfils 7-5 7-6 (8) to reach the Metz final. ”It is a long time since we have played with this kind of atmosphere,” Carreno Busta said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website. “It was amazing.
In the beginning it was really tough. Then I started to play better and made the rallies longer from the baseline and I think it was key to try and push a little bit”.
Carreno Busta claimed a tight win over Monfils
Monfils made a perfect start to the match, having won the opening three games.
After a bad start to the match, Carreno Busta found his rhythm as he broke Monfils in the seventh and 11th game to steal the opener. As not a single break point was seen in the second set, the set had to be resolved in a tie-break.
Monfils had a 6-3 lead and later a 7-6 lead but failed to capitalize on his four set points as Carreno Busta realized his second match point to escape with a straight-set win. “He played really good points, I played well but he played better than me [in the tie-break],” Carreno Busta added.
“I think I served really well and it is tough to finish a set, so I tried to be there all the time and it is a good win”. Carreno Busta will be fighting No. 1 seed Hubert Hurkacz for the Metz title. In the first semifinal of the day, Hurkacz saw off Peter Gojowczyk in straight sets.
“The first practise I had at this tournament was with him [Hurkacz] at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, so it is a pleasure to play against him again in the last match at the tournament,” Carreno Busta said.