Just last week, Daniil Medvedev overtook Roberto Bautista Agut on grass in straight sets at the Terra Wortmann Open in Halle. Thursday, the Spaniard returned the scenario.
Bautista Agut overtook the world No. 1 6-3, 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the Mallorca Championships. It was the fourth time the veteran had beaten Pepperstone’s ATP-ranked No. 1 player (4-8), with his previous three wins over Novak Djokovic.
“I had to play very well to beat Daniil. He’s the No. 1, the last champion here in Mallorca. He just beat me a few days ago. I played a really competitive match,” said Bautista Agut during his interview on the pitch: “I was more convinced of my game today, hitting hard, very solid. I think I had a very good game. »
It wasn’t the first time the 34-year-old troubled Medvedev. In fact, Bautista Agut has won all three of their previous meetings away from Halle with a single set loss.
Medvedev constantly frustrates his opponents with his solid game, flat shots and big first serve that puts them under pressure throughout the match. But it was the top seed who was visibly frustrated on Thursday, making some unusual mistakes as he tried to crack the Bautista Agut code.
Normally, Medvedev is comfortable staying in extended rallies with anyone on the circuit. But against Bautista Agut, he tried to change the pace with drop shots and other games, while the Spaniard remained in his comfort zone. The fifth seed faced just one break point – which he saved – in his 71-minute triumph.
“You have to be very confident that you can do this. Last week I was a bit off,” said Bautista Agut. “Today I was with a lot of confidence. I knew that if I played a good game I would have my chances, and I got it.
This year’s Doha champion will next face Switzerland’s Antoine Bellier or Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor as he chases his second title of the season. Bautista Agut won his first TAUT trophy in 2014 on grass at ‘s-Hertogenbosch and reached the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2019.