- Dan Evans and Pablo Carreño Busta will guarantee an unseeded player in the National Bank Open final
- The two meet Saturday night (8 p.m. ET) to earn the opportunity for the biggest title of their careers
- Carreno Busta is the favorite; scroll down to see how Evans might defeat those odds and win
Carlos Alcaraz, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Matteo Berrettini were among the seeds in the bottom half of this year’s National Bank Open men’s singles draw.
In the end, the last two standing are both unseeded 30-somethings: Pareblo Carreño Busta and Dan Evans.
Evans vs Carreño Busta Odds
|Dan Evans (GBR)||+3.5 (-125)||+180||O 21.5 (-135)|
|Pablo Carreño Busta (ESP)||-3.5 (-105)||-240||U 21.5 (+105)|
Odds as of Aug. 13 at Caesars Sportsbook
Carreño Busta Wins Late Night vs Draper
For a set, the matchup between 31-year-old Carreño Busta and 20-year-old Jack Draper was as close as could be.
Draper, ranked No. 82 and in the biggest match of his young career, was right there with the veteran through a lot of bruising rallies.
But eventually, those gut-busting exchanges took a physical toll on the bigger, less-experienced Brit. And after he lost the first-set tiebreak, there wasn’t much left but to determine the score in the second.
This is Carreño Busta’s first Masters 1000 semifinal in nearly four years. And he faces another unseeded Brit in Evans. But one with more experience and a completely different game style.
Carreño Busta has yet to drop a set this week, a week that includes wins over No. 11 seed Matteo Berrettini and No. 7 Jannik Sinner. Draper was the first to even take him to a tiebreak.
Evans vs Carreño Busta Head-to-Head
|32 (May 23, 1990)||Age||31 (July 12, 1991)|
|Birmingham, England||Birthplace||Gijon, Spain|
|1||Career ATP Singles Titles||6|
|No. 22 (Sept. 27, 2021)||Career-Best Ranking||No.10 (Sept. 11, 2017)|
|No. 39||Current Ranking||No. 23|
|$5,487,567||Career Prize Money||$13,704,293|
|19-17||2022 Won/Loss Record||26-17|
Surprising Evans to Final Four
For Evans, into his first Masters 1000 semifinal, it’s been a grind.
He, too, has beaten two seeds (No. 5 Andrey Rublev and No. 10 Taylor Fritz). But in three of his four matches, he has gone the full three sets.
Against the speedy Tommy Paul on Friday, Evans lost the first set 6-1 before coming back to win in three.
It was highly entertaining. And a completely different match than what we’ll expect for the Brit against Carreño Busta on Saturday night.
First Career Meeting for Evans and Carreño Busta
The two have never met before this fairly monumental clash.
Even though they were only a year apart (with Evans the elder), their paths never crossed in the juniors, either.
EVO DOES IT 🙌
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) August 13, 2022
Evans will be the less fresh of the two, as he had to come back (after suitable rest) and play a doubles quarterfinal match Friday night. Which he and Aussie doubles specialist John Peers won in two tiebreaks over No. 2 seeds Granollers and Zeballos.
So he’ll have double duty Saturday night as well.
Evans made the final at two smaller ATP events, in 2017 and 2019. And he finally won his first career title at another 250 event, early in 2021 in Melbourne. So this is a big match.
It’s his second Masters 1000 semifinal after he upset No. 1 Novak Djokovic and made the Monte Carlo semi in 2021. But that wasn’t “mandatory”. Notably, he also made the doubles final at that event.
This is also only the second time in his career that he’s even made it past the third round at a Masters 1000; his career main-draw record coming into Montreal was 15-25.
— Max Wadsworth (@maxsoccerschool) August 13, 2022
Carreno’s won-loss record coming in also was under .500 at 46-50. But he had more wins than Evans had total matches. He’s made the quarterfinals or better seven times now, all but one of them on hard courts.
Evans Variety the Key
Carreño Busta had to cope with power and net approaches from Draper. The Evans challenge will be different in the sense that he will use his slice backhand a lot, to disrupt the rhythm of the lung-busting rallies Carreño Busta is happy to take part in, but which Evans wants no part of.
The Brit has beaten this type of player before. But Carreño Busta’s form this week is such that he must already be able to see the final.
Best Bet: Carreño Busta in Two Sets (+115)