Antoine Bellier’s fine career at the Mallorca Open continues. On Wednesday, the Genevan (25) signed the greatest feat of his career by beating in two sets the Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta, 19th player in the world and seeded No. 4 (6-3 6-4). Tenth in the world in 2017, Carreño Busta is a safe bet on the ATP circuit, winner of six titles and the Davis Cup with Spain.
Read also: In Mallorca, Antoine Bellier forces the doors of the ATP
Bellier, 303rd at the ATP, won in 1h24 of play. The powerful left-hander from Vessy converted his second match point, after delighting his opponent’s service at the end of the second set. In this match, he constantly went forward by winning 41 points at the net. And slamming ten aces. Above all, his serve allowed him to dismiss 14 break points and always win his face-offs. Confident, he was able to convert his only two opportunities to break Carreño Busta in return.
On its way
The day before, Antoine Bellier had won the first match of his career on the ATP circuit, after seven years of struggling in the lower categories Future and more recently Challenger, by dominating the Argentinian Federico Delbonis (85th in the world) in two sets 6-3 7-6. More comfortable on clay or on hard courts, Carreño Busta still has a little more green foot (he had just beaten Holger Rune and Sebastian Korda on the grass of Halle).
In August 2021, when he was 500th in the world, Antoine Bellier,explained “having progressed in [son] tennis and [être] convinced of having evolved humanly these last two years.
Thursday in the quarter-finals, Antoine Bellier will face the Dutchman Tallonn Griekspoor (53rd at ATP). He is already guaranteed to be among the top 250 in the world on Monday but can dream of a new feat.