ATP Hamburg: Pablo Carreno Busta and Filip Krajinovic set title clash

The Rothenbaum Tennis Center in Hamburg will see the crowning of the first-time ATP 500 champion, with Pablo Carreno Busta and Filip Krajinovic reaching the final. In the semis, Carreno Busta toppled Federico Delbonis 7-6, 6-3 in an hour and 53 minutes for his third victory over the Argentine in five encounters. Thus, Pablo will compete in his ninth ATP final and the second of the season, seeking the sixth title and valuable points in the battle for a top-10 spot. Pablo won eight points more than Federico, fending off all four break chances and delivering two breaks in set number two that carried him through. There were no break chances in the opening set, and the Spaniard took charge in the tie break to gain a massive boost and use it wisely in set number two. Both players made a strong start, serving well and dominating with their forehands in service games to keep the returners away from break chances in the first set.

A left-hander fired a service winner in the 12th game to force a tie break, where Carreno Busta opened a 5-2 advantage. Pablo fired two winners in the last two points to secure the breaker that made him the favorite in set number two. The Spaniard fended off four break chances in the second game and scored the first break at 2-2 that sent him in front.

Pablo Carreno Busta and Filip Krajinovic are throught to the Hamburg final.

Returning at 5-3, Carreno Busta scored another break when his rival netted a backhand to move over the top and advance into the final. In the second semi-final, Filip Krajinovic defeated the fellow Serb Laslo Djere 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 34 minutes for his fourth ATP final, hoping to claim the first ATP crown at 29.

It was their third meeting and third commanding triumph for the more experienced Serb, who lost serve once and grabbed almost half of the return points that carried him towards four breaks and sail into the final. Laslo hit a double fault in the opening game, and it proved to be the crucial moment, as Filip served well and clinched the set with a hold in game ten. They traded breaks early in the second set, and Krajinovic gained two more to build a 5-1 lead and move closer to the finish line. Serving for the win in game eight, Filip landed a perfect drop shot to seal the deal and book a place in his fourth ATP final.