Carreno Busta sweeps into US Open quarterfinals

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In Shapovalov, however, Carreno Busta appears to be going up against a different beast.

"It's fantastic", the Spaniard said. "I always wanted to play these guys and these matches and it's just a lot of fun to be on the court". It's really different to the other courts. "I can not describe it". The Canadian gained entry to his home event at the Montreal Masters only to shock the world beating 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro and 15-time Slam champion Rafael Nadal en route to the semifinals.

The defeat - where he pushed the 12th seeded Carreno Busta to three tiebreaks - was the deepest the 18-year old from Richmond Hill, Ont., had ever gone in a senior Grand Slam tournament. After the withdrawal of Andy Murray, the three players in the bottom half of the draw who were ranked above him - Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - were all out by the end of the second round.

It has been a remarkably quick rise for Shapovalov.

Speaking about what the experience is like for him, he said: "It's huge". "He's awesome, he's learning quickly, he believes in himself", McEnroe said.

Tournament organisers must be congratulating themselves on having installed a retractable cover over the cavernous Arthur Ashe Stadium.

As for his own game, Shapovalov has earned the respect of his peers no the tour, commentators like McEnroe and figures to make a major jump in the rankings going frowrad.

For all his exciting talent, however, Shapovalov needs to learn when to go for his shots and when to bide his time. The difference between the two men was summed up by the three tie-breaks, in each of which Carreno Busta was as solid as a rock, while Shapovalov was too impetuous.

The Canadian couldn't handle Carreno Busta's serve on match point, ending the marathon match on its third tiebreak.

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Still struggling to find his stroke, Shapovalov turned to the crowd and shouted with joy after an overhand smash cut Carreno Busta's lead to 5-4 and give the young Canadian serve. Shapovalov took a 5-2 lead in the first set but Carreno Busta remained calm to pull back to 5-5 before ultimately taking the lead.

History nearly repeated itself in the second set when Carreno Busta went up a break and was broken serving for the set at 5-3.

Shapovalov exchanged early third-set breaks with the Spaniard on the way to the final tie-breaker, in which he fell behind 5-1 and never recovered.

The match began under the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof on a damp, dreary day on the NY hardcourts.

Shapovalov very almost let the set get away from him immediately, being forced to save a pair of break points in the opening game.

After double-faulting on the first point, Shapovalov was soon 4-0 down.

Shapovalov was up a break in the first and third set, but both times Carreno Busta broke back and went on to force the tie breakers. Shapovalov will be left to regret only converting three of his 13 break point opportunities. He will be back for sure. Every point was important for me.

Meanwhile, Carreno Busta, a 26-year-old Spaniard, carries on as the highest seed - at No. 12 - in the lower half of the Open draw, which was light on big names with big resumes from the beginning.

Carreno Busta has never played either man before. "I don't know. I don't think there is one specific moment that changed the match". They've been having my back these past couple of months and they've really been carrying me. My team kind of makes me focus one match at a time.

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