Carreno Busta mostly treaded water this year slipping only four places in the rankings to number 27. He started strongly at the Australian Open reaching the 4th round where he squandered a 2 set lead to lose in dramatic circumstances to a gallant Kei Nishikori. He suffered shoulder problems which saw him miss ten weeks and plummet to 69 before he rallied and with the help of a title at Chengdu finished at 27.
Pablo has a steady, well-rounded game, and I would expect him to be in the mix for a top 30 place again in 2020. When I think of him, words that come to mind are pest, baseliner, one-dimensional and bland.
Pest: Pablo has a bulletproof backcourt game and can use his high endurance and consistent strokes to wear down his opponent. He can prove a real pest for attacking players to breakdown.
Baseliner: He prefers to play on the baseline and try to work his opponent around the court, looking for opportunities to press with his strong groundstrokes.
One-dimensional: His game lacks variety, and steady strokes from the back of the court waiting on opponent errors seem to be his primary method to win points.
Bland: His game style I find quite tedious to watch.
Likes: He can get involved in some epic rallies when playing against opponents who possess equally good groundstrokes. His endurance, consistent strokes and speed can see him stay in points lesser players would not survive in.
Dislikes: His lack of variety and flare are not captivating.
Areas for improvement: His standout weakness is his serve. He does not produce enough service winners or cheap points with it. Top players expose his lack of variety and his homework is to watch the best all-court attacking player of the modern era on YouTube.