Roberto Carballés asks for a step change after his spectacular re-launch in Quito
After winning the Quito tournament with six games won in seven days, Roberto Carballés has become the new sensation of Spanish tennis. The young promise which raised high expectations a few years ago has resurfaced again. He has returned to the top-100 with today’s ranking of 76th, and has become the ninth tennis player in the Armada among the 100 best in the world and, above all, has injected a bit of fresh air to tennis in this country.
In the first stage of his career, Carballés became junior doubles champion of Roland Garros in 2011 and played his first final on the circuit in 2014 in Casablanca. Those were the years in which he trained in Barcelona and when Spanish fans pointed him out as one of Rafa Nadal's successors.
After leaving the top-100, Carballés, born in Tenerife but from Granada, Carballes trained at the Equelite academy run by Juan Carlos Ferrero in Villena, from where he was able to restart his career again and once again enjoy the feeling of being able to succeed in tennis. He is still only 24 years old.
Quito and its 2,850 meters of altitude has been the scene of this re-launch, where he has beaten two top-50s such as Paolo Lorenzi and Albert Ramos and has won his first ATP title. He had not won a match in the circuit since late February of last year in Sao Paulo (against Joao Sousa). Yesterday´s final, with the new Carballés and a consolidated star like Ramos, was a fantastic match played by two great specialists in clay.
"The match has been very hard, like several this week. In the first set I played very well. The second was very close because Albert is always pressuring you, he is a very tough opponent, "the Granadino told Ecuador TV yesterday. For Carballés, it has been "incredible to win the tournament" and about those days in Quito he said something that is already a classic: "It was the best week of my life".
Carballés has become one of the biggest attractions of this week's tournament in Buenos Aires, where he will debut against Englishman Kyle Edmund, one of the sensations of the Australian Open, where he reached the quarterfinals.