US Open 2022: Carreo bids farewell in Round of 16 after loss to Khachanov
The Spaniard Pablo Carreo lost this Sunday in the second round of the US Open against the Russian Karen Khachanov, who won the match 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6 and 6-3 in three hours and 21 minutes.
With this elimination and that of Alejandro Davidovich Fokina this morning against the Italian Mateo Berrettini, the Spanish delegation in New York ends up with only two representatives for men: Rafa Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz (on Monday they will play their respective round of 16).
Squareworld number 15 and recent champion of the Masters 1000 of Montreal, I had a very strange duelcomplicated and full of twists and turns against Khachanov, who occupies the 31st position in the world ranking.
The Spaniard comfortably won the first setcollapsed in the second and third sets, had physical issues that left him on the brink of retirement, surprisingly came back to win the fourth set and eventually lost the fifth and final set.
This defeat stops Carreo’s Grand Slam journey She is particularly well served having reached the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows in 2017 and 2020.
The afternoon got off to a great start for Carreo, who got a “break” on Khachanov’s first serve.
With a dominant presentation, Carreo control from start to finish giving a great sense of superiority and efficiency on the Russian, he offered no doubts with his serve and that was enough for him to convert the only break point he had to seal the first set in 39 minutes.
One of the keys to the first set was that he limited his unforced errors very well, but that changed in the second set.
With more doubts, Carreo solved a “break” ball against him on his first serve and, in general, he had to deal with a Khachanov who outclassed him.
The Russian put more and more pressure on Carreo’s serve and eventually he earned a ‘break’ to make it 4-2.
In the end, the errors in this set (11 from the Spaniard, 4 from the Russian) decided the round for Khachanov and the game was even
Something was wrong for Carreo, usually very calm on the track but who seemed particularly uncomfortable and had nothing to do with the good image he had given at the start.
He had to face an 0-40 against to start the set and Carreo managed to escape unscathed with two break points but conceded the third.
The problems continued for Carreo with double faults, negative feelings and growing frustration.
At the end of this set, which Khachanov scored in just over half an hourthe Spaniard missed a very clean shot and gave up on competing for some of the final points, giving up the set, a move that drew some boos from the New York crowd.
In reality it was not carelessness or indifference but Carreo looked sickas he requested the assistance of the on-court doctor after completing the third set of the match due to some type of indisposition or physical problem.
He looked like he was about to retirebut then resurfaced when no one expected it.
He seemed like a completely different player: he regained his confidence and his game, he came to dominate the court, the mistakes were completely gone, he broke Khachanov’s serve and even indulged in precious cushioning to carry him at 3-5.
Carreo loosened up completely and took the set with 16 winners just 6 behind his opponent.
The last set has already been played without margin of error and the key moment came in game six.
At 3-2 for Khachanov, Carreo missed a shot to make it 40-0, and instead the match ended in a breakdown at 4-2.
The Spaniard came to save two match points but eventually succumbed to Khachanov and said goodbye to the tournament.
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