“I Have No Option Against Him”: Pablo Carreno Busta Raises Concern Ahead of Novak Djokovic Clash

October 7, 2020 2:17 pm

In the men’s singles quarter-finals on Wednesday, the focus is on the match between Novak Djokovic and Pablo Carreno Busta. This French Open 2020 match is a rehash of their US Open 2020 match, wherein Djokovic was disqualified.

Carreno Busta opened up and revealed that he is battling health issues. He received medical attention during his fourth-round tie against Daniel Altmaier. However, Busta shrugged it off and won the match in straight sets.

They have given me something for nausea. In the third set, I felt better and I tried to close the points quickly, I escaped, I played brave and aggressive, I had no other option,” Carreno Busta said in an interview.

The big scare these days is the coronavirus when any player mentions health concerns. However, Carreno Busta’s issues seem to have nothing to do with it.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – October 5, 2020 Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta reacts during his fourth round match against Germany’s Daniel Altmaier REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Pablo Carreno Busta needs to be fully fit before Novak Djokovic clash

I had a little general discomfort, my stomach bothered me. It’s been a strange couple of days, today a little worse. I have gone to the doctor, he measured my temperature and I was fine,” the Spaniard said.

The 17th seed admitted he has no chances of winning against the top seed if he does not feel well. “Against Novak I need to be one hundred percent, being like today I have no option against him. I need to recover. I am not going to eat my head because it does not help me,” Carreno Busta continued.

The 29-year-old said the conditions favor Djokovic quite a lot at the French Open. However, given his likeness to clay, he has a chance as well. “But they aren’t bad for me either, if I play well. It will be an opportunity to show myself the level I have if I can recover. Good and I am one hundred percent,” he added.

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action during his fourth round match against Russia’s Karen Khachanov REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Busta feels confident about his game

All Carreno Busta needs is full fitness before the match. If he has that, he can express himself better on the court. “I do not see myself inferior to anyone if I am one hundred percent. If I am, I have my chances, but Novak has been playing well,” the US Open 2020 semi-finalist expressed.

That is what he did not get the opportunity of doing at the US Open. “At least I hope to be able to play a good game and enjoy, that the last time I could not do it,” Carreno Busta said.

On his way to the quarter-final in Paris, Carreno Busta defeated 10th seed and fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in four sets. He has some time to recover before his match against Djokovic, with the match being last on the schedule for the day.

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