Pablo Carreño won the greatest title of his career this Sunday by being crowned champion of the Hamburg European Open. The Spaniard has lifted his first ATP 500 Cup after beating Serbian Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and 23 minutes of play.
“It’s an incredible feeling,” Carreño acknowledged during the interview on the track. “I have worked very, very hard to win this title. It is my first ATP 500.”
As second seed, Carreño managed to cancel the game of one of the most impressive tennis players of the week. Krajinovic had surprised top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas and was also seeking his first ATP 500 title on German clay. However, Carreño’s toughness was evident. The Spaniard won 52% of the rest points and completed the victory without facing a single break point.
Carreño has completed one of the best weeks of his career with palpable authority. The Asturian has climbed to the cup without giving up a single sleeve in a tournament full of great rivals on clay. His triumph has been forged with tight victories over the emerging compatriot Carlos Taberner, the Serbian Dusan Lajovic or the Argentine Federico Delbonis, one of the most regular players on the surface.
Carreño has conquered the sixth title of his career and the second ATP Tour Cup of the 2021 season. The Spaniard had previously conquered the AnyTech365 Andalucía Open in Marbella months ago, standing out as one of the most solid players on clay in the locker room. With this victory, Carreño improves his balance in ATP Tour finals to 6-3.
“I have felt very comfortable throughout the week since the first game,” admitted Carreño. “I think I have played at a high level and I have continued to improve throughout the week. That is very important and today I think I played my best match of the tournament in the final.”
The victory allows Carreño to move up two spots to No. 11 in the FedEx ATP Rankings as of Monday. The Spaniard will tread his highest position in the ranking since the 2018 season, when he managed to establish himself in the world Top 10 of the professional circuit.
The next commitment for the Asturian will be the Tokyo Olympics, where he will serve as the first racket in Spanish tennis. The Japanese event will take place from July 24 to August 1.
Did you know…?
Pablo Carreño has become the eleventh player to win multiple ATP Tour crowns in individual mode in the 2021 season. The Spaniard follows in the footsteps of Novak Djokovic (4), Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Hubert Hurkacz, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Matteo Berrettini, Nikoloz Basilashvili, Alex de Miñaur, Daniil Medvedev and Casper Ruud (all with 2).