Austria's Dominic Thiem says he entered his Shanghai Masters clash against Pablo Carreno Busta confident but he knew it won't be easy against the Spaniard. Thiem, seeded at No. 4, came up big in the key moments to overcome world No.
37 Carreno Busta in straight sets 7-6 (3) 6-3. Thiem and Carreno Busta have both enjoyed success this Asian swing as the Austrian won it all at the China Open in Beijing, while the Spaniard made it all the way at the Chengdu Open.
"I knew I was coming into the match with a lot of confidence, but him as well. We both won titles in the previous two weeks," Thiem said post-match, per the ATP website. Carreno Busta paid the price for not converting any of his three set point chances on Thiem's serve in the 10th game as the Austrian later dominated the tie-break to claim a tight opener.
World No. 5 Thiem then claimed the first and lone break of the match in the sixth game of the second set to book a win in two sets. Thiem now owns a 5-0 head-to-head record against Carreno Busta at the ATP level. Thiem also beat Carreno Busta at an ITF event in 2012, while the Spaniard's lone win over the Austrian came at a Challenger tournament in 2013.
"All these matches were really tough, he's a great player. [He's] on the way up again. He was Top 10 once for a reason, so I'm very happy to be through," Thiem added. Thiem will fight against No. 15 seed Nikoloz Basilashvili for a place in the Shanghai quarterfinal.