Pablo Carreño Busta

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Pablo Carreño Busta
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Carreño Busta at the 2019 French Open
Country (sports) Spain
ResidenceBarcelona, Spain
Born (1991-07-12) 12 July 1991 (age 30)
Gijón, Spain
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Turned pro2009
PlaysRight-handed (two-handed backhand)
CoachSamuel López
César Fábregas
Prize moneyUS$ 11,810,701 [1]
Career record230–184 (55.6% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles6
Highest rankingNo. 10 (11 September 2017)
Current rankingNo. 18 (18 October 2021)[2]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open4R (2018, 2019)
French OpenQF (2017, 2020)
Wimbledon1R (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2021)
US OpenSF (2017, 2020)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsRR (2017)
Olympic GamesBronze medal.svg (2020)
Career record94–84 (52.8% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles4
Highest rankingNo. 16 (17 July 2017)
Current rankingNo. 195 (25 October 2021)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2017)
French Open2R (2015, 2016)
Wimbledon2R (2019)
US OpenF (2016)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (2019)
Medal record
Last updated on: 13 September 2021.

Pablo Carreño Busta (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈpaβlo kaˈreɲo ˈβusta];[a][3] born 12 July 1991) is a Spanish professional tennis player. He has been ranked as high as world No. 10 by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), which he first achieved on 11 September 2017. He also reached a best doubles ranking of No. 16, on 17 July 2017. He has won six singles titles and four doubles titles on the ATP Tour. Representing Spain, Carreño Busta has won an Olympic bronze medal in men's singles at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (defeating world No. 1 Novak Djokovic en route) and was a member of the Spanish team that won the 2019 Davis Cup.



Carreño Busta reached as high as No. 6 in the combined junior world rankings in February 2009.[4]

Early pro tour[edit]

Carreño Busta at the 2014 Madrid Open.

His first appearance in an ATP Tour tournament was at the 2011 Barcelona Open, where he lost in the first round to Benoît Paire.[5]

He has reached 18 singles finals competing in ITF Futures tournaments; and won eleven of these: one in 2009,[6] one in 2010,[7][8] three in 2011,[9][10][11] and six in 2013.[12][13][14][15][16][17] He also won two challenger titles from two finals in 2011, and at this point reached a career high singles ranking of no. 133.[5] He missed the majority of the 2012 season due to injury, and underwent surgery on his back later that year.[18] Carreño returned towards the latter stages of 2012, after five months of recovery, and played in four Futures tournaments to end the year, all in Morocco, although he did not progress past the semi-final stage in any.[19] He ended the year with a singles ranking of No. 715.[19]

After a strong start to the opening three months of 2013, winning 42 out of 43 matches on the ITF Circuit, Carreño Busta entered the qualification stage of the 2013 Grand Prix Hassan II in April, held in Casablanca, Morocco.[5] He won his three qualifying matches, and then beat first seed and two-time Grand Prix Hassan II champion, Pablo Andújar, 6–4, 2–6, 6–3.[20] He lost in the following round to eventual runner-up, Kevin Anderson.[21] Later on that month, Carreño Busta reached the semi-final stage of the 2013 Portugal Open, again progressing through the qualification rounds, before losing to Stan Wawrinka in three sets.[22]

Carreño Busta participated in his first ever grand slam tournament when he was a qualifier at the 2013 French Open. He won his three qualification matches, before losing to Roger Federer in straight sets in the opening round.[23]

2016: Breakthrough, first titles, US Open doubles final[edit]

In April, Carreño Busta reached his second ATP final at ATP Estoril after defeating Benoît Paire. He was defeated in the finals by compatriot Nicolás Almagro. In August, he won his first ever ATP singles title at the 2016 Winston-Salem Open, defeating compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut in the final. He entered the top 40 of the ATP Rankings for the first time as a result, becoming world No. 39.

2017: Strong Grand Slam results, Top Ten & ATP Finals debut[edit]

After a quarterfinal appearance in Sydney, Carreño Busta reached the third round of the Australian Open losing to Denis Istomin.[24] He also made the semifinals of the doubles alongside Guillermo García López.[25] In Buenos Aires, he lost to the eventual champion Alexandr Dolgopolov in straight sets in the semifinals.[26] The following week, Carreño Busta reached his first ATP 500 final at the Rio Open, saving a match point against rising teen Casper Ruud en route[27] before losing to Dominic Thiem.[28] However, he won the doubles title with Pablo Cuevas.[28] In Brasil, he fell to Cuevas, his doubles partner, the two-time defending and eventual champion in the semifinals.[29]

At the BNP Paribas Open in March, Carreño Busta avenged his defeat to Cuevas, saving two match points in the process to advance to his first ATP Masters 1000 semifinal[30] where he lost to world No. 3 Stan Wawrinka in straight sets.[31] As a result, he rose to a new career high of world No. 19. He received a first round bye at the Miami Open but was upset by Federico Delbonis in the second. In Spain's quarterfinal Davis Cup tie against Serbia, he lost both of his matches to Viktor Troicki in singles and to Troicki and Nenad Zimonjić in doubles.

Carreño Busta began his clay season at the Monte-Carlo Masters, where he lost to world No. 2 Novak Djokovic in three sets in the third round.[32] He reached the same round in Barcelona, losing to lucky loser Yuichi Sugita who had defeated Tommy Robredo and Richard Gasquet in the first two rounds.[33] After early losses in Madrid and Rome, Carreño Busta played his maiden grand slam quarterfinal at the French Open, upsetting eleventh seed Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets[34] and fifth seed Milos Raonic in five sets en route.[35] In his quarter-final against compatriot Rafael Nadal, Carreño Busta was forced to retire at a set and 0–2 down due to injury.[36]

At the US Open he made his first Grand Slam semifinal without dropping a set, beating Diego Schwartzman at the quarterfinal stage.[37] He then lost to Kevin Anderson in four sets. At the year-end ATP Finals, he served as an Alternate in replacement of Rafael Nadal, who withdrew from playing his first round. Carreño Busta then went on lose to Dominic Thiem and to eventual champion Grigor Dimitrov. His year end ranking was No. 10.

2018: First Masters doubles final, two top-ten wins[edit]

Carreño Busta at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships.

At the Australian Open, Carreño Busta defeated Jason Kubler, Gilles Simon, and Gilles Müller to advance to the fourth round, where he lost in a close four set match to eventual finalist Marin Čilić. At the Miami Masters, Carreño Busta was seeded 16th. He defeated Denis Istomin, Steve Johnson, 31st seed Fernando Verdasco, and sixth seed Kevin Anderson, before losing to fourth seed Alexander Zverev in the semifinals.

Carreño Busta reached the semifinals of a second consecutive Masters at the Monte-Carlo Masters. He defeated Benoît Paire, Adrian Mannarino, and upset second seed Grigor Dimitrov before losing to unseeded Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinals. He then reached the semifinals of a third consecutive tournament at the Estoril Open before losing to Frances Tiafoe. After suffering an opening round loss at the Madrid Masters to Borna Ćorić. He followed this up with a quarterfinal appearance at the Rome Masters, losing to Marin Čilić. In the third round of the French Open, he was defeated by Marco Cecchinato.

At Wimbledon, Carreño Busta was upset in the first round by unseeded Moldovan Radu Albot.

At the Cincinnati Masters, Carreño Busta made the quarterfinals where he was defeated again by Marin Čilić. He then reached the semifinals of the Winston-Salem Open, defeating 16th seed Peter Gojowczyk and sixth seed Chung Hyeon before losing to eighth seed Steve Johnson. At the US Open, Carreño Busta was upset by João Sousa in the second round. He suffered opening round losses at both the Shanghai and Paris Masters.

2019: Fourth ATP title and Davis Cup champion[edit]

Carreño Busta opened his 2019 season at the Auckland Open, facing David Ferrer, who retired just two games into the match. He was then defeated in a close three set match against Jan-Lennard Struff.

At the Australian Open, Carreño Busta was seeded 23rd. He defeated Luca Vanni, Ilya Ivashka, and 12th seed Fabio Fognini to reach the fourth round, where he faced Kei Nishikori. Carreño Busta narrowly won the first two sets before losing a close third set tiebreak. Nishikori took the fourth, and the fifth eventually proceeded to a tiebreaker. Carreño Busta led the tiebreak until 8–5, when a late call from a linesperson sparked an argument between Carreño Busta and the umpire. Ultimately, Nishikori was awarded the point, and went on to win the next four points, winning the tiebreak 10–8. The match had lasted over five hours. After the match, Carreño Busta refused to shake the umpire's hand, and threw his bag onto the court before leaving the stadium amidst a booing crowd. In a post-match conference, he apologized for his outburst.

After missing much of the rest of the season due to injury, Carreño Busta won his fourth ATP title at the Chengdu Open beating Denis Shapovalov in the semifinal and Alexander Bublik in the final. He was also part of the Spain team that won the 2019 Davis Cup.

2020: Second US Open semifinal, French Open quarterfinal[edit]

Carreño Busta's first major of the year was the Australian Open, where he lost his third round match to top-seeded Rafael Nadal. Then much of the 2020 season was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carreño Busta's season resumed at the 2020 US Open, where he defeated Yasutaka Uchiyama in five sets in the first round, then Mitchell Krueger and Ricardas Berankis in straight sets. In the fourth round, he faced world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who was unbeaten in 2020 before then. Carreño Busta was up a break, 6-5 in the first set, when Djokovic unintentionally hit a lineswoman in the throat with a ball. This defaulted Djokovic from the tournament, advancing Carreño Busta to the quarterfinals, where he defeated Denis Shapovalov in five sets. He then lost to Alexander Zverev in five sets in the semifinals despite being two sets up.

At the 2020 French Open, Carreño Busta was seeded 17th and reached the quarterfinals after victories against 10th seed Roberto Bautista Agut and Daniel Altmaier. In a rematch of the US Open, he faced Djokovic, to whom he lost in four sets.

2021: 200 ATP tour wins and two ATP titles, Olympic bronze medalist[edit]

Carreño Busta won the first edition of the Andalucía Open in Marbella, Spain as the top seed by defeating Jaume Munar 6–1, 2–6, 6–4 in an all Spanish final. The victory was also his 200th match win on the ATP tour.[38]

Carreño Busta won the biggest title of his career, and 6th title overall at Hamburg, when he defeated Filip Krajinović in straight sets in the final to win the title.[39]

At the Olympics, Carreño Busta beat Tennys Sandgren, Marin Čilić, Dominik Koepfer and world no. 2 Daniil Medvedev to reach the semifinals. There, he lost to 12th seed Karen Khachanov in straight sets, but bounced back to defeat world no. 1 Novak Djokovic in 3 sets to claim the bronze medal.[40] This prevented Djokovic from winning the "Golden Slam", a record held only by Steffi Graf, given to a player who wins all four Grand Slams and the Olympic gold medal in the same calendar year.

At the 2021 US Open, Carreño Busta was upset in the first round by American qualifier Maxime Cressy, losing a 2 sets to love lead for the second consecutive year at the US Open and failing to convert 4 match points in the fifth set tiebreak.[41]

Personal life[edit]

Carreño Busta was born in Gijón to parents Alfonso and María Antonia and has two sisters, Lucía and Alicia. He currently resides in Barcelona and trains at the JC Ferrero Equelite Sport Academy in Alicante.[42]

Career statistics[edit]

Grand Slam performance timelines[edit]

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic/Paralympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (P) postponed; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.


Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W–L Win%
Australian Open A 1R 1R 1R 3R 4R 4R 3R 3R 0 / 8 12–8 60%
French Open 1R 1R 2R 2R QF 3R 3R QF 4R 0 / 9 17–9 59%
Wimbledon A 1R 1R 1R A 1R 1R NH 1R 0 / 6 0–6 0%
US Open A 3R 2R 3R SF 2R 3R SF 1R 0 / 7 18–7 72%
Win–Loss 0–1 2–4 2–4 3–4 11–3 6–4 7–4 11–3 5–4 0 / 31 47–31 61%


Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W–L Win%
Australian Open 3R 2R 3R SF 3R 3R 1R 1R 0 / 8 13–8 62%
French Open A 2R 2R 1R[b] A 1R A A 0 / 4 2–3 40%
Wimbledon A 1R 1R A 1R 2R NH A 0 / 4 1–4 20%
US Open 1R 1R F 1R A 2R A A 0 / 5 6–5 55%
Win–Loss 2–2 2–4 8–4 4–2 2–2 4–4 0–1 0–1 0 / 21 22–20 52%

Grand Slam tournament finals[edit]

Men's Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2016 US Open Hard Spain Guillermo García-López United Kingdom Jamie Murray
Brazil Bruno Soares
2–6, 3–6

Olympic medal finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (1 Bronze Medal)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Bronze 2021 Tokyo Olympics 2020 Hard Serbia Novak Djokovic 6–4, 6–7(6–8), 6–3

Masters 1000 finals[edit]

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2018 Italian Open Clay Portugal João Sousa Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal
Colombia Robert Farah
6–3, 4–6, [4–10]
Win 2020 Cincinnati Masters Hard Australia Alex de Minaur United Kingdom Jamie Murray
United Kingdom Neal Skupski
6–2, 7–5


  1. ^ In isolation, Busta is pronounced [ˈbusta].
  2. ^ Pablo Carreño Busta and Guillermo García López walkover in the first-round match at the 2017 French Open against Paolo Lorenzi and Rogério Dutra Silva (so doesn't count as a loss).


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