Friday, March 30, 2018

Carreno Busta topples Anderson to reach Miami semis

Carreno Busta topples Anderson to reach Miami semis
Carreno Busta topples Anderson to reach Miami semis

Carreno Busta defeated Kevin Anderson 6-4 5-7 7-6(6) and reach the Miami Open semi-finals.

For Carreno Busta, who arrived on court in fine form having dropped only 12 games over his previous three matches, the win was his first in five meetings against Anderson and avenged his fourth-round Indian Wells loss to the world number eight.

Anderson saved a pair of match points in the second set and shifted momentum in his favor but Carreno Busta, seeded 16th at Crandon Park, regrouped in the decider where the two players stayed on serve until the tiebreak.

"It was difficult to lose two match points, but I just needed to keep going," Carreno Busta said. "I am so happy. The support of the crowd was fantastic."

Carreno Busta was staring at defeat when 6-5 down in the tiebreak but was let off the hook when Anderson missed with a forehand.

From there the South African pushed a backhand volley wide and then mishit a second serve that handed the win to Carreno Busta after two hours, 42 minutes.

"It was an amazing match, no?" Carreno Busta said. "He played some unbelievable points, passing shots.

"I lost to him, 7-6 in the third set (at Indian Wells). And today, well, at the beginning of the match I started playing really good, returning good, serving good, being very aggressive."

Carreno Busta will next face Alexander Zverev.