Not only is reaching the a final of a ATP500 an achievement on its on, winning a Masters 1000 is a huge occasion for any tennis player. Pablo Carreno Busta may live in the shadow of his illustrious compatriot Rafael Nadal, but this week in Montreal he showed one of Rafa’s famous traits, the battling spirit. His semi final against Casper Ruud a case in point. He came up against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in the final of the Canadian Open yesterday who was also looking for his first 1000 title. With the first two sets split, they both produced a masterclass rally in the sixth game,3-2 and on the Pablo racquet first point. An interesting observation is the similarities in height and physique of the two players. Probably why there wasn’t much between them. From the lob by Hurkacz, it looked like the only winner of that point was going to be the Pole. But Pablo did the defensive lob back so well (with a little help of the wind) to ask the extra question of Hubert. The turning point was the choice of a forehand slice drop shot by the Pole. That allowed the Spaniard to take control of net. Very well played point from Pablo much to the chagrin of Hubert. It’s Carreno Busta, surprising the world, looking good going into Cincinnati and the US Open. Exemplary serving too(zero double faults the whole match).