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  • Wawrinka takes on Carreno-Busta in Oeiras semifinals

    5/3/13 7:04 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Wawrinka takes on Carreno-Busta in Oeiras semifinals Pablo Carreno-Busta will try to continue his impressive Oeiras run in his first career ATP semifinal on Saturday. Standing in Carreno-Busta's way of the title match is Stanislas Wawrinka.

    Stanislas Wawrinka and Pablo Carreno-Busta will be going head-to-head for the first time in their careers when they clash in the semifinals of the Portugal Open on Saturday.

    Carreno-Busta is already in the midst of his best week as a professional, at least at the ATP level. The 21-year-old Spaniard has won seven Futures titles this season, including six on clay, and he is making an incredibly smooth transition to the big leagues. Carreno-Busta qualified in Casablanca and advanced one round before winning another match in the Barcelona main draw. He qualified again in Oeiras then ousted Julien Benneteau, David Goffin, and Fabio Fognini to book his spot in the last four.

    Wawrinka followed up a first-round bye as the No. 2 seed by taking out Albert Ramos and wild card Gastao Elias. The 16th-ranked Swiss battled past Ramos 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 before having an easier time with Elias in a 6-4, 6-4 victory. Wawrinka, a quarterfinalist in Monte-Carlo, is a solid 18-8 for his 2013 campaign.

    This is the first-ever ATP semifinal for Carreno-Busta, who had never even been in a quarterfinal before Friday. Experience clearly is not on the underdog's side, but it is also apparent that he has no fear whatsoever of the big stage. At the same time, however, Wawrinka is the most talented player Carreno-Busta has ever faced and the favorite will likely have too much game in what should be an entertaining three-setter.

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