A series of defeats in the latter part of 2022, including on the Challenger circuit, saw his ranking drop out of the top 100 in November for the first time in ten years, but a title win at the Maspalomas Challenger in December was enough to ensure direct entry to the Australian Open where he lost to Denis Shapovalov in four. He thereafter reached the quarter-finals in the Argentina, Rio and Chile Opens,...
Andy has won the title twice, in 2009 defeating Djokovic in straight sets, and in 2013 by finally overcoming David Ferrer in three after losing the first set 2-6 and winning the third 7-1 in the tiebreak, having faced match point at 5-6 in the decider. He did get to the final in 2012 and 2015 but lost to Djokovic on both occasions.
Last year, ranked No. 85, he saw off Frederico Delbonis 7-6(4), 6-1 in round 1 before losing to Daniil Medvedev 4-6, 2-6, after which he said "My level of tennis is obviously not right now where it needs to be to win matches like that. Today there were some good signs on the court but the two key things in tennis are serve and return. I didn't do either of them particularly well."
The No. 15 seed, 31 year old Pablo Carreño Busta, who has a career high ranking of No. 10 achieved in September 2017, has won seven singles titles, including a Masters 1000 title at the 2022 Canadian Open, and four doubles titles on the ATP Tour. He also won a bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, defeating Djokovic and Medvedev en route, and was a member of the Spanish team that won the 2019 Davis Cup.
He hasn't enjoyed the best of seasons so far, starting the year with a three-set defeat to Soon-woo Kwon in the first round of the Adelaide International 2. He made a winning start at the Australian Open by ousting Pedro Cachin, but lost to Benjamin B...
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Andy, who reached the 3rd round here in October 2021 before losing to Alexander Zverev, last year defeated Taro Daniel 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 in round 1, notching up 700 career wins in the process, then lost 6-7(9-11), 3-6 to Alexander Bublik in the next.
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