Nadal on the right track for the primary Paris Masters crown, Schwartzman for the ATP closing
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By Julien Pretot
PARIS (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal stayed on track for a first Paris Masters title when he beat Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 on Friday. The Argentinian Diego Schwartzman thus achieved the last place in the ATP Tour Final at the end of the season.
Spain’s 20-time Grand Slam champion recovered from a shaky start and turned the engine on towards the end of the second set to claim victory and compete with German fourth Alexander Zverev, who beat Swiss Stan Wawrinka with 6: 3: 7: 6 defeated (1).
Carreno Busta had to win the trophy in Bercy and at the Sofia Open next week to deny Schwartzman a place in the ATP final at the O2 in London after the Argentine had won 6: 3: 6 from Russian Daniil Medvedev: 1 had been beaten.
The ninth seed played with confidence early on as Nadal struggled to find his reach, but when the 13-time French Open champion made his move, there was no hope for Carreno Busta.
Nadal secured the second set on his first opportunity with a stunning forehand pass that set the tone for the router in the playoff.
Nadal, who beat Carreno Busta in all of his seven encounters, only reached the final here once.
Medvedev took a 3-1 lead before sealing a one-sided opening set when Schwartzman hit his eighth forehand error into the net.
The 24-year-old Russian found a different course when he picked up 27 of 28 first service points and completed a emphatic win with an ace across the board.
“I think Diego is able to play better, so he didn’t show his best tennis,” said Medvedev, who had already booked a place in the season finale in London and against Canadian Milos Raonic for a place in the Paris Masters showpiece will compete.
“With Diego you know you will have long rallies, so it was good for me to win in such a short time. It was good preparation for London, even without the spectators.”
Schwartzman needed a win to guarantee qualification for the ATP final in London, which was played by the top eight players from November 15, but went down in 62 minutes.
However, it is through now, having finished last.
Raonic had to dig deep to beat 22-year-old Frenchman Ugo Humbert and secured two match points in a 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7) win.
The 10th seed was a 6-4 draw but prevailed in a 30-stroke rally to save the first match point and beat the second with a service winner.
Humbert then saved a match point but was eliminated on the second when Raonic hit his 25th ace of the match.
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