5/4/13 6:14 PM | Ricky Dimon
Stanislas Wawrinka is through to the Oeiras final after holding off Pablo Carreno-Busta in three sets on Saturday. Wawrinka will go up against either David Ferrer or Andreas Seppi for the title.
Stanislas Wawrinka booked a spot in his 11th career ATP final by defeating Pablo Carreno-Busta 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 at the Portugal Open on Saturday afternoon. Wawrinka fired 10 aces while double-faulting only once and he held 12 of 13 service games to advance after one hour and 35 minutes.
Contesting his first career ATP semifinal having never even previously been to a quarterfinal, Carreno-Busta got off to a nervous start. He served at 42 percent in the first set, had no aces, and double-faulted three times. The world No. 228 managed to hold his first two service games before his opponent broke for a 4-2 advantage. Wawrinka faced no break points in the opener and he closed it out with little trouble.
The tide turned right away in set two. Carreno-Busta came up with some impressive net play to seize his first and only break of the day for a 2-0 lead. The 21-year-old Spaniard fought off both of the break points he faced to consolidate it the entire way and push Oeiras' No. 2 seed to a third set.
Wawrinka, who had been incensed over Carreno-Busta getting advice from his coach in the previous set, delivered an inspired performance in the decider. The 16th-ranked Swiss broke right off the bat for a 2-0 advantage and there would be no recovery for the underdog. Wawrinka served at 82 percent in the third frame of play and cracked five aces without double-faulting. He finished it off in style with a love service hold at 5-1.
Next up for Wawrinka is either David Ferrer or Andreas Seppi. He is 3-7 lifetime against the Spaniard and 5-3 against the Italian.
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