Spanish tennis star Pablo Carreno Busta didn't hide his happiness after surviving a tough Marbella final and lifting the title in front of his home fans. Carreno Busta, seeded at No. 1, edged out fellow compatriot Jaume Munar 6-1 2-6 6-4 in the Marbella final.
"I suffered like yesterday trying to continue fighting all the time... I needed to do it if I wanted to win this kind of match," Carreno Busta said, per the ATP website. "It's a pleasure to win a title here in Spain, in Marbella.
For me, it's very special. It's my fifth title, so I'm very, very happy for the victory." Former world No. 1 Bjorn Borg was in the stands and enjoying the final between Carreno Busta and Munar. "We saw a great final today with two great players and great tennis," Borg said.
"I think everybody agrees with me on that."
Carreno Busta was 'honored'
"It's an honour to have Bjorn and also Manolo Santana here," Carreno Busta said. "It's very special to us to play in front of these legends and it's always a pleasure to hear these words from them." Carreno Busta broke Munar in the ninth game of the third set, before serving out for the title in the following game.
"I started really good, really focussed, being very aggressive," Carreno Busta said. "After that I missed a little bit and Jaume started to play better and at the end." Elsewhere, Italian Lorenzo Sonego recovered from a set down to beat Laslo Djere 2-6 7-6 (5) 6-4 and win the Cagliari title.
"The match was long and I remained calm in the second-set tie-break,” Sonego told ATPTour.com. “I knew the match wasn’t finished because I had always kept fighting. It’s wonderful to win the title with all my team here.
Now, I am really tired, but I am very happy. I am happy to follow in [Filippo] Volandri’s footsteps and win a title on home soil”.