Carreño, on his own merits

In the atmosphere floats the idea that if Carreño has gotten into this phase it was thanks to the disqualification of Djokovic for hitting a linesman ...

Carreño-on-his-own-merits

Pablo Carreño plays this Friday in the semifinals of the US Open. A territory that is not usual, but not unknown either. He already explored it three years ago in this same Grand Slam, which is a fact that his presence in the current edition is not a coincidence. The forecasts pointed more to other candidates, that is logical, but seeing the Asturian in this round cannot be considered a surprise. If it has gotten there, it is on its own merits. In the atmosphere floats the idea that if Carreño has gotten into this phase it was thanks to the disqualification of Novak Djokovic for the famous pitch to a linesman. Yes and no. Obviously, the number one in the world is superior to the Spanish, as shown by his ranking and his face to face prior to the round of 16 duel: 3-0. The normal thing is that he would have lost that game. But if Nole lost his head in that way, it was precisely because the game from Gijón had unhinged him to that extent. At the time of his reckless act, the Serbian had just conceded a break, trailing 6-5 and Pablo was on duty to finish off the first set. Tennis takes many turns.

After Djokovic, the Spaniard had to defeat Denis Shapovalov in an intense duel of four hours and five sets, which confirms another point in favor: at 29, Carreño knows how to handle that roller coaster of emotions in which a tennis match. In the semifinals he is measured with Alexander Zverev, that number one project that is not yet confirmed. The German is currently in seventh place on the ATP. Pablo came to be in 2017 not far from there, in tenth place. He has always thought that the top-10 is his natural place. You have a good chance to prove it. With the data in hand, Zverev should beat Carreño tonight, as he did in his only litigation in Miami 2018. But you have to play. This is tennis. And they haven't given Pablo anything. Not even with Nole.



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