Thiem, Carreno Busta Complete Rivalry Bingo In Shanghai
Last week's China Open champion (d. Tsitsipas) won his sixth consecutive match on Wednesday, beating Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6(3), 6-3 to make the third round at the Rolex Shanghai Masters for the first time.
The Austrian had fallen in the second round of the ATP Masters 1000 event the past four years, but the World No. 5 fought off inspired tennis from the Chengdu Open champion to advance. "I knew I was coming into the match with a lot of confidence, but him as well. We both won titles in the previous two weeks," Thiem said.
Carreno Busta had three set points on Thiem's serve at 4-5, including two consecutively from 15/40. But the Austrian tightened his game to hold and carried the momentum into the tie-break.
In the second set, Thiem secured the lone break of the match during the fifth game when Carreno Busta lifted a backhand long off a skidding backhand slice from Thiem, who finished with 36 winners to 20 unforced errors. The two have now competed against each other at all levels of professional tennis: Grand Slam, Nitto ATP Finals, Masters 1000, ATP 500, ATP 250, ATP Challenger Tour and the Futures level.
"All these matches were really tough, he's a great player. [He's] on the way up again. He was Top 10 once for a reason, so I'm very happy to be through," Thiem said.
Today was a pretty unique match. It doesn’t happen often that two players compete against each other at Future, Challenger, ATP 250, ATP 500, ATP 1000, Grand Slam events and at the ATP Finals. It’s nice to have this rivalry with you @pablocarreno91 🎾💫 pic.twitter.com/JDBtXMIQOH— Dominic Thiem (@ThiemDomi) October 9, 2019
Thiem qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held 10-17 November at The O2 in London, by reaching the China Open final in Beijing last week. He will face Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili for a place in the Shanghai quarter-finals. Basilashvili beat Benoit Paire on Tuesday.