After establishing himself as an elite player and reaching the top-10 of world tennis in 2017, Pablo Carreño did not enjoy so much success in 2018, closing the year in a discreet position (23) after a win/loss record of 32 to 22 and without raising a trophy or contesting a final.
His great achievements of the season were the semifinals of the Masters 1000 of Miami, Estoril, Winston-Salem and the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell. And next to these excellent four moments, the fourth round of the Australian Open, where he was defeated by Marin Cilic. In the other three Grand Slam tournaments he did not have much luck.
A player of the Real Club Tennis Barcelona, Carreño is a regular at the club's tournament, the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, which he has played eight times. His best result in the competition was precisely in the 2018 edition. After overcoming the French Benoit Paire and Adrian Mannarino and, in the quarterfinals, the then number 5 in the world, the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, he fell in the semifinals to the sensation of the tournament, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas.
His season was cut short after having to retire in the second round of the US Open due to an injury in his left abductor. Despite this, he subsequently played the Davis Cup and participated in the Masters 1000 in Shanghai and Paris, but without remarkable results.
Born in Gijón and matured technically in Barcelona, the disciple of Samuel López and César Fábregas, a professional since 2009, has been the second racket in Spanish tennis for some time behind Rafa Nadal. In 2013 he won the ATP award for the player who had shown the greatest progress and it was from 2017 when he began to demonstrate his authentic category competing one on one with the greatest. Previously, in 2015, he joined the JC Ferrero-Equelite academy whose sporting director is Samuel López, his coach.