Carreno Busta tames erratic Shapovalov to claim place in US Open semis

Pablo Carreno Busta ecstatic after defeating his opponent in the quarterfinals of the US Open on Sept 9. (AP pic)

NEW YORK: Pablo Carreno Busta outlasted an erratic Denis Shapovalov 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4), 0-6, 6-3 in a seesaw battle to advance to his second US Open semifinal.

The 29-year-old Spaniard, the oldest of the men’s quarterfinalists, had looked down and out when his Canadian opponent served him a bagel in the fourth set.

However, after getting some treatment to his lower back, 2017 semifinalist Carreno Busta fought back gamely to seal the deciding set in a match that lasted over four hours.

The 20th seed, who is eyeing a place in his maiden Grand Slam final, will face Alexander Zverev in the last four after the German took down Borna Coric 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 earlier.