Spanish tennis star Pablo Carreno Busta insisted he didn't expect to have an easy job against world No. 114 Carlos Taberner in Hamburg. Carreno Busta, seeded at No. 2 in the Hamburg main draw, had a first round bye in Hamburg and he kicked off his campaign at the tournament on Thursday against Taberner.
Taberner, a former world No. 113, won two qualifying matches and beat Feliciano Lopez in the first round before meeting Carreno Busta. Carreno Busta, ranked at No. 13 in the world, beat Taberner 7-5 6-3. ”I knew that it was very important at the beginning of the match because it was his fourth match here and it was my first one, so it can be difficult,” Carreno Busta said, per the ATP website.
“I was very focused on my game, I tried to be aggressive all the time. ”Carlos then started to play more aggressive from 1-4 and hit more winners, so I continued fighting and I am happy as it is important [to get through] the first match”.
Carreno Busta made a solid start to his Hamburg campaign
Carreno Busta made a good start to the match, having broken Taberner in the second game to take an early 2-0 lead. But Taberner quickly responded as he broke back Carreno Busta in the third game to reduce the deficit to 2-1.
However, Taberner once again lost his serve in the fourth game as Carreno Busta took a 3-1 lead. For the second time in the set, Taberner broke back Carreno Busta as the Spaniard dropped his serve in the seventh game. However, Carreno Busta kept his focus as he broke Taberner for the third time in the set in the 12th game to win a tight opener.
After losing the first set, Taberner started the second set with a 2-0 lead. However, Taberner's lead was short-lived as Carreno Busta claimed back-to-back breaks to take a 4-2 lead. Carreno Busta then served out for the match in the ninth game.