Pablo Carreno Busta beat Albert Ramos Vinolas after a very long battle and will play in the final of the Andalucia Open with Jaume Munar, who narrowly beat 17-year-old Carlos Alcaraz in the other semi-final.
The semi-finals of the newly established Andalucia Open in Marvegia were a Spanish affair, as both matches were between four Spanish players, but if anything they were nice and controversial matches.
The first semi-final saw a very long battle that went on for 2 hours and 11 minutes, with the top seed Pablo Carreno Busta eventually taking the win 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (5) over Albert Ramos Vinolas.
Ramos Vinolas broke early in the third set to take a 3-1 lead and stayed ahead until 5-3. Carreno Busta found a break when his opponent served for the final and managed to tie the match at 5-5, and later erased a break point to defend his serve. In the end the match was decided in a tie-break, where Carreno Busta took a 6-3 lead and on his third match point “sealed” the big qualification.
For the 8th time in his career, Carreno (4-3) qualified for a tour final, and will face Jaume Munar. The 23-year-old Spaniard defeated 17-year-old Carlos Alcaraz 7-6 (4), 6-4 to reach the first final of his career in an ATP event.
This match was also quite strong and controversial, with Alcaraz putting up a great fight to hold on. In the 1st set, which was decided in a tie-break, the 17-year-old had led 3-1, but Munar took 6 of the next 7 points.
In the 2nd set, Munar took a break point to lead 2-0 and Alcaraz tied the match at 2-2. Later, the 23-year-old broke again to take a 5-3 lead. Again, Alcaraz responded immediately and closed to 5-4, but Munar came back with another break to make it 6-4 and locked the win.