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“I had planned to be in Ibiza right now”, Bautista-Agut adjusts Bachelor Party plans after reaching maiden major semi-final

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 11 Jul 2019
  • Roberto Bautista-Agut has had to adjust his Bachelor Party plans after reaching maiden major semi-final at Wimbledon!
  • Spaniard had planned to hold his Bachelor Party in Ibiza, Spain in the latter stages of Wimbledon
Roberto Bautista Agut (PA Sport)

Roberto Bautista-Agut did not expect to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals, so much so that he had planned his Bachelor Party for the latter stages of the tournament, but the Spaniard has been pleasantly surprised by his progress at the All England Club, and has been forced to adjust those plans as he prepares for his first Grand Slam semi-final.

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The world No. 22 reached his first Grand Slam semi-final with a four-set victory over Guido Pella on No. 1 Court on Wednesday.

“I had planned to be in Ibiza right now”, said the Spaniard after the match. “We had everything organized already. My friends, six of them, are all there” “It feels better to be here in London”!
The 31-year-old is set to marry his fiancée, Ana Bodi Tortosa in November.

Bautista-Agut said the Bachelor Party invitees will now fly to London on Friday- the day he is scheduled to play world No.1, Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon semi-finals!

The former world No. 13 has been one of the hardest workers on the tour over the last few years, extracting the absolute maximum from limited resources- relative to the players around him- to earn a space in and around the world’s top-20. He consistently got to the fourth round of majors, but did not have that extra firepower to push further. Before the start of 2019, he was 0-9 in Grand Slam fourth round matches.

True to type, he kept plugging away, giving himself opportunities, and he is finally getting rewards for his efforts. 

Bautista-Agut eventually made a Grand Slam quarter final at the Australian Open in January, and has scored yet another breakthrough at Wimbledon, earning a spot in the semi-finals with victory over Guido Pella on Wednesday.

The Spaniard set the tone for the contest by breaking in the first game of the match, and while he got pegged back to 4-4, he won the final three games to close out a tight first set 7-5. Bautista-Agut had not drop a set in reaching the last eight, beating Peter Gojowczyk, Steve Darcis, Karen Khachanov and Benoit Paire, but his quarter final opponent, Pella had been involved in a couple of five setters, and those extra hours spent on court began to tell on the Argentine as the match progressed.

Bautista-Agut made it five straight games by breaking and holding for a 2-0 lead in the second set, and he controlled the rest of the set from there, going on to establish a two-set lead.

Pella had fought back from two-sets down to knock out former finalist, Milos Raonic in the previous round, and on the occasion of his maiden Grand Slam quarter final, he wasn’t going to go down without a fight. The left-hander summoned the last bit of resistance in him to take the third set, but Bautista-Agut was too good in the end, closing out a 7-5 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory after three hours and nine minutes.

“I think I played a great tournament,” said Bautista Agut. “I was playing very good in the first week of the tournament. And today, it was a very difficult match. Guido Pella is a good opponent, has won really good matches this week [and] he was really tough to beat… I’m very happy.” 
“My shots are really, really flat. I like to take the ball early, to be solid. With experience of playing each year on grass, I have really learned more about the movements on grass, continued the Spaniard, whose previous best efforts at Wimbledon were reaching the fourth round in 2015 and 2017.  
“I feel I can play a solid game also from baseline and I can really develop the good things I do on the court here on grass.”

Bautista-Agut is in esteemed company in the Wimbledon semi-finals, as he joins the Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, who have shared 15 Wimbledon titles, and 53 Grand Slam titles amongst themselves- in the last four at the All England Club.

“It feels good to be next to them,” he said. “They are one of the best players in the tennis era. They are such good sportsmen, good tennis players. It feels very good to be next to them and to be part of the semi-final in this tournament".

Bautista-Agut is clearly the odd man out amongst the four Wimbledon semi-finalists, and he will begin his match against Djokovic as a heavy underdog, but do not count out the battling Spaniard, who has already beaten the world No. 1 twice this year.

He has worked extremely hard for this moment, and he isn’t about to let it end without giving it a big fight.

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