Olivetti Drops Title Match at Segovia to Carreno Busta

by John on August 4, 2013

Olivetti (2)

Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta defeated Frenchman Albano Olivetti (above) 6-4, 7-6 (2) in the final of the Segovia Challenger Sunday afternoon before a supportive Spanish crowd. The No. 111-ranked Carreno Busta, who has wins over Julien Benneteau and Fabio Fognini this year, is one of the large stable of very good Spanish players most people have never heard of. The title was Carreno Busta’s second Challenger championship of the season and fourth of his career. Despite the defeat, Olivetti, who was also the losing finalist here last year, has to be satisfied with his week. The big-serving Frenchman, one of the top guns of fast serve, returned to competition in May after being sidelined for over six months with an elbow injury. Olivetti, currently ranked No. 310, reached the semifinals at Recanati two weeks ago, after dropping his first three matches of the year, and has now posted a 7-5 record since the comeback. The 21-year-old Frenchman’s chief claim to fame so far in his young career is an upset win over Mardy Fish in the second round of a tour event in Marseille last February. Olivetti served 23 aces against Fish, then ranked No. 8, before losing to Michael Llodra in the quarterfinals. And for bragging rights in the business of fast serve, the 6-foot-8 Olivetti has recorded bombs of 158 and 160 mph, here (2011) and last year at Bergamo respectively. Both results were unofficial. Carreno Busta got the only break of the first set in the 10th game to take the opener. The two traded breaks in the fourth and fifth games of the second set to force a tiebreaker. Carreno Busta dominated the tiebreak to wrap up the match in one hour and 37 minutes. Olivetti out-aced the Spaniard 12-6 (no surprise), but had six double faults to just one for his opponent. There was no radar gun to record service speeds. Olivetti dropped to 0-2 in Challenger finals.




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