Spaniard’s winning form perfect timing for Open
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