US Open star booed as he gave up mid-point before being accused of ‘tanking’

US Open star Pablo Carreno Busta was booed by some fans at Flushing Meadows after he was seen giving up mid-point by walking towards his chair at the side of the court. The Spaniard was competing in the last-16 of the Grand Slam against Russian star Karen Khachanov.

Bizarrely midway through the clash, the Spanish star was seen walking off the court, as he and his rival Khachanov played out a rally. Carreno Busta found himself 5-1 down in the third set and down set point.

The Spaniard served which was returned, before he then volleyed his effort back over the net before taking the remarkable decision to walk away from the action, allowing Khachanov the opportunity to tap the ball into the left space to move 2-1 ahead in sets.

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Carreno Busta's lethargic finish to the third set did not go down well with the New York crowd, as the 31-year-old was booed by those watching on. Speaking on Australia's Channel 9 coverage, commentator Adam Fielder said: "He just wants out of this set.

"The crowd are not loving that from Pablo Carreno Busta – pretty much just tanked the end of that third set there." It later appeared that the Spanish's star's lack of trying was down to an injury problem, as he called for medical attention soon after.

The timeout seemingly helped out Carreno Busta as he came back out fighting to win set four 6-4, to take the heated clash to a decider. Eventually it was Khachanov that prevailed, as he took the fifth set 6-3 to set up a quarter-final clash with Nick Kyrgios.

This is not the first time the pair have enjoyed a battle on the court, and the Russian star highlighted this in his post-match interview. He said: "With Pablo, we always have unbelievably tough matches.

“I was preparing physically to be ready for the whole match to play my best. From the first match (Monday), I started to feel better and better, more confident of course… The previous three matches against Pablo, I won.

"That gave me confidence from the beginning. I think now Pablo is playing some of his best tennis, he won Masters in Montreal. It’s a tough battle… I’m really happy to win."


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