Pablo Carreno Busta wins 3-hour battle against Evans for Montreal final

Pablo Carreno Busta outlasted Dan Evans to book the Montreal final and a chance to play Hubert Hurkacz in the final 7-5 6-7(7) 6-2.

The second semifinal certainly delivered a very interesting affair as a Spaniard and a Brit put on a show. Neither was expected to make it to this stage of the event but played really to make it happen and it was a good match.

The match had a slow start as both players controlled the pace really well without any break points. Carreno was the first to break as he took a 5-3 lead exploiting the 2nd serve of Evans. The Brit did the same to him a bit later making it 5-5 instead of 6-4 for Carreno. Despite turning the momentum, Busta stuck with it and got the first 7-5.

Evans opened the second much better taking a 3-0 lead early. Despite improved play and better serving Busta was able to battle back and make it 4-4 with the set going into a tiebreak. A match point was wasted by Busta in it as Evans took it 9-7.

The Spaniard missed a huge chance in this set as his serve was not consistent enough. He took care of it in the final set outplaying Evans fairly easily to close out the match 6-2. A strong win for Busta but also one that went on for longer than needed.

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