The past week must have been really stressful for Pablo Carreno Busta. The world no. 10 looked to have almost qualified for the ATP Finals in London, but at the end, by winning Paris Bercy title, Jack Sock took the eighth and last spot and so Carreno will be the first alternate.
It has had been a poor final part of the season for the Spanish no. 2, who after reaching the US Open semi-finals won just one match (in Vienna) in five tournaments played. 'When I lost in Paris (against Nicolas Mahut) I didn't expect to have chances to qualify on Sunday,' the 25-year-old told Spanish media, as reported by Marca.
Carreno also added that playing in London was not one of his goals at the beginning of the year, and that being the first alternate was a 'dream' for him. However, he still has a chance to be in the eight-man field, as his compatriot Rafael Nadal's appearance is uncertain. 'I know he suffered a knee injury both in Paris and Shanghai. It's a chronic injury. He is a big friend of mine, who had a great season, and I would like to see him play the event.'