Tennis: Carreno Busta downs Norwegian teen to reach Rio final

Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - 21/1/17 Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta hits a shot during his Men's singles third round match against Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin. REUTERS/Edgar Su

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta came from a set down to beat Norwegian teenager Casper Ruud 2-6 7-5 6-0 and reach the final of the Rio Open on Saturday.

Wildcard Ruud, playing in his maiden ATP semi-final at the age of 18, broke his opponent twice to win the opener but Carreno Busta battled back to level up the match in a topsy-turvy second set before easing through the decider 6-0.

The world number 24 will face Dominic Thiem in Sunday's final after the Austrian second seed, who has yet to lose a set in the tournament, stormed past Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1 6-4 in the other semi.

Spaniard Ramos-Vinolas briefly looked like he might muster a comeback when he broke serve to level the scores at 4-4 in the second but Thiem, the world number eight, broke back before serving out for the match.

(Writing by Andrew Downie, editing by Nick Mulvenney)

People also read these

Wolff and Lauda renew Mercedes F1 contracts to...

Feb 20, 2017

US-MOTOR-F1-MERCEDES-CONTRACTS:Wolff and Lauda renew Mercedes F1 contracts to 2020

Russia's VTB plans to slim down in Europe, keep...

Feb 27, 2017

US-RUSSIA-VTB-EUROPE:Russia's VTB plans to slim down in Europe, keep London as hub

Twin panda cubs at Vienna Zoo go exploring in...

Feb 28, 2017

US-WILDLIFE-PANDA-AUSTRIA:Twin panda cubs at Vienna Zoo go exploring in first outdoor outing

Austrian chancellor calls for EU-wide ban on...

Mar 5, 2017

US-TURKEY-SECURITY-AUSTRIA:Austrian chancellor calls for EU-wide ban on Turkish campaigning

East Libyan forces resume strikes against rivals...

Mar 5, 2017

US-LIBYA-SECURITY-OIL:East Libyan forces resume strikes against rivals near oil ports

Sign up now!