Carreno Busta downs Norwegian teen to reach Rio final

Pablo Carreno Busta reached the final of Rio Open with a 2-6, 7-5, 6-0 victory over Casper Ruud.

Pablo Carreno Busta celebrates his victory on Saturday.   -  AP

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 semifinal at the age of 18, broke his opponent twice to win the opener but Busta battled back to level up the match in a topsy-turvy second set before easing through the decider 6-0.

The World No. 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 semifinal.

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 No. 8, broke back before serving out for the match.