Spa­niard’s win­ning form per­fect tim­ing for Open

The Weekend Australian - - TENNIS - AAP

World No 10 Pablo Car­reno Busta claimed the Kooy­ong Clas­sic tro­phy in a tight match against in­form Aus­tralian Matthew Eb­den.

The Spa­niard lost yes­ter­day’s first set and was down a break in the sec­ond but fought back to take the match 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 6-2 against the Aus­tralian No 2.

Eb­den, who beat world No 6 Marin Cilic ear­lier in the week, was de­lighted with his form head­ing into next week’s Aus­tralian Open.

“The first day I won and, yes­ter­day, I had chances to win and again, to­day, I was right there to win that one as well,” Eb­den said. “I prob­a­bly should have won in straight sets but I started rush­ing a bit and he played some good shots.

“Ob­vi­ously, I’m play­ing at a pretty good level, but it would be nice to main­tain that for just a lit­tle bit more but, hope­fully, that will come in the com­ing weeks.”

Busta felt the work­out was per­fect prepa­ra­tion for Mel­bourne Park, where he will meet wild­card Ja­son Kubler in round one.

“It was very good. I think it’s the best prepa­ra­tion for the Aus­tralian Open,” Busta said. “It was a very com­pet­i­tive match and I think that’s the most im­por­tant thing.”

World No 76 Eb­den, win­ner of the Aus­tralian Open mixed dou­bles in 2013, faces 16th seed John Is­ner in the open­ing round. Eb­den has played against the Is­ner twice in re­cent times in two close en­coun­ters. “He won a close one in the fi­nal against me at New­port and a close one at Wim­ble­don once as well, so I prob­a­bly owe him one by now,” Eb­den said.

Pablo Car­reno Busta

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