Pablo Carreno Busta ‘happy’ after narrowly escaping shock loss to Emilio Gomez

World No. 20 Pablo Carreno Busta was glad he managed to secure a key point for Spain in their Davis Cup Finals opener against Ecuador. 

Former world No. 12 Feliciano Lopez beat Roberto Quiroz in the opening rubber of the tie to give Spain an early lead in the tie. 

Carreno Busta was the big favorite to beat Emilio Gomez in the second rubber but he was made to work hard by the world No. 149. 

Carreno Busta, a former world No. 10, recovered from a set down to beat Gomez 5-7 6-3 7-6 (5).

“I am very happy because it was an important victory,” Carreno Busta said, per the ATP website. “We now lead 2-0 and have the win. It is very important for the confidence and for the rhythm. In the second set and third set I felt more comfortable than in the first set. I had to continue fighting until the end because he played really well.”

Carreno Busta, Lopez lead Spain to victory 

After Rafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista Agut withdraw from the Davis Cup Finals, Carreno Busta and Carlos Alcaraz had been expected to play singled for Spain at the Davis Cup Finals. 

However, that changed on Thursday. 

“Hello everyone, I wanted to communicate that today I tested positive for COVID-19 which will prevent me from playing the Davis Cup that I was so excited about,” Alcaraz announced on Thursday. 

Lopez did a great job of replacing Alcaraz against Ecuador as he beat Quiroz in straight sets. 

“I still have the passion for the game,” Lopez said. “Without that passion I wouldn’t be here. I am 40 years old and have been playing on the Tour for such a long time and it is true without this passion it would not be possible to keep training each day. I have been waiting for moments like this, giving the first point to my country.”