The world number 15 Pablo Carreno Busta will face the South Korean challenge of the seventh seeded Soon-woo Kwon in the quarterfinal of the 2021 Sardegna Open on Friday, April 9. Get the live streaming options of this Pablo Carreno Busta v Soon-woo Kwon match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Pablo Carreno Busta v Soon-woo Kwon Head to Head
Carreno Busta and Kwon have never faced off in a competitive match before this.
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Carreno Busta Begins with Straight Set Win
It was a difficult beginning to the clay court swing for Carreno Busta but in the end he came through in straight sets against Mario Vilella Martinez to make it to the quarterfinals. This followed a first round bye as the top seed in the competition.
Not too many gave Martinez much of a chance against a four-time ATP winner but Carreno Busta found it difficult to find any chinks in his Spanish countryman’s armour. Such was his serving that Carreno Busta failed to get a single break-point in the entire first set while he himself had to save a couple.
In the tie-breaker that eventually followed, however, Carreno Busta wasted no time in getting past Martinez and clinched it in double-quick time.
Carreno Busta was quicker off the blocks in the second set, breaking his opponent in his very first service game. And while he continued to find it difficult to double his advantage, this time around he served well enough to disallow Martinez any chances to break back, finishing off the match 7-6 (2), 6-3.
Can Kwon put up as much of a fight?
Kwon Sending Shockwaves in the Competition
Counting all kinds of tournaments, ATP, Challengers and Future events, Kwon’s career record before the start of this competition read 13 matches played on clay, four won, nine lost. That’s right, over the course of his career, Kwon has played in only 13 matches on this surface.
Which is why when he faced Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune, a 17-year-old Dane in his first round match, Kwon was 2/1 to ‘upset’ his opponent. And despite doing exactly that, Kwon started his second round match against Argentinian clay court specialist Facundo Bagnis at even worse odds – 23/10 – to get past him.
Kwon did that again, defeating Bagnis with so much ease it seemed like he had been playing on clay all career.
The South Korean won 6-1, 6-3 in an hour and 16 minutes, breaking Bagnis six times while losing his own serve just twice.
He now faces one of his biggest challenges and for the third time in a row, he is woefully a second favourite. This time around though, things could get a lot tougher than the first two rounds.
Carreno Busta v Kwon Prediction and Tip
While Carreno Busta is 2/9 to win this and 8/13 to do that in straight sets, we believe things could get tighter than that with Kwon having shown great tenacity in his first two rounds.
Tip: Carreno Busta to win AND Over 19.5 games in the match: 13/10 (bet365)