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Busta puts Spain on brink of its second ATP Cup final

Pablo Carreno Busta put Spain on the brink of its second ATP Cup final on Friday evening with a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Poland's Jan Zielinski
Pablo Carreno Busta put Spain on the brink of its second ATP Cup final on Friday evening with a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Poland's Jan Zielinski. Photo: ATP

Sydney, Jan 7 (MNN) Pablo Carreno Busta put Spain on the brink of its second ATP Cup final on Friday evening with a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Poland’s Jan Zielinski.

Kamil Majchrzak went 3-0 at number 2 singles for Poland in Group D action, helping his country make it this far. But the 25-year-old announced earlier on Friday that he had tested positive for Covid-19, forcing him out of the competition and into health protocols, including isolation.

Zielinski stepped in for the biggest match of his life, but he had never previously played a tour-level singles match.

The doubles standout was unable to put pressure on Carreno Busta, who remained solid in his 54-minute triumph.

The world number 20 has been on big stages plenty throughout his career, and that experience showed on Ken Rosewall Arena.

Zielinski earned roars from the crowd in the match’s final moments with flashy winners, but it was not enough to mount a serious comeback.

Carreno Busta protected his serve — he did not face a break point — to move to 4-0 at this year’s event. The former world number 10 has not lost a set at this year’s ATP Cup.

Roberto Bautista Agut can close out the tie and seal his country’s second berth in the ATP Cup final with a win against 2021 Nitto ATP Finals competitor Hubert Hurkacz.

In 2020, Spain lost in the championship match in Sydney against Serbia.

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