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Roberto Bautista-Agut vs Laslo Djere ATP Gstaad Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: Bautista-Agut battles Djere for Gstaad final spot

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 27 Jul 2018
  • Roberto Bautista-Agut vs Laslo Djere is live from Gstaad on Saturday, 28 July from 1:20pm local time/ 12:20 BST
  • First ever meeting between Roberto Bautista-Agut and Laslo Djere
Roberto Bautista Agut. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Roberto Bautista-Agut seeks his third final of the season when he takes on Serbia’s Laslo Djere in the Gstaad semi-finals on Saturday.

Bautista-Agut is into his second straight ATP World Tour semi-final, having also made the last four in his most recent tournament in Halle. Unfortunately, he was forced to retire from Halle after suffering a nasty fall in that semi-final tie against Borna Coric- an injury severe enough to rule him out of Wimbledon.

He has returned to the tour in Gstaad, where he’s come through Juame Munar and Taro Daniel to reach his fourth semi-final of the year. The Spaniard defeated Munar in three sets in the opening round, before taking down Japanese, Daniel in straights on Friday. Daniel had the chance to take control of the match from the start, but he blew a 0-40 lead, and three more break points in a lengthy opening game, while he failed to convert two more break points with Bautista-Agut serving at 3-3. The second-seeded Bautista-Agut made his move late on, missing two set points at 5-4, before eventually having his way, scoring the set-winning break in the twelfth game.

Bautista-Agut ran away with the second set, losing just one of 17 service points and reeling off the last five games to complete a 7-5 6-1 victory. In the end, it was his ability to remain clutch on the big points that separated him from the Japanese. Bautista-Agut saved all eight points he faced, while he converted three of the eight he created. The Spaniard may not be the flashiest shot-maker around, but he is a thorough hard-worker who has made the most of limited resources, in terms of skillset, to establish himself into the world’s top 20. He already has titles this season from Auckland and Dubai, where he claimed his biggest career title. 

Can he take another step towards a third title of year by beating Serbia’s Djere in the Gstaad semi-finals on Saturday?

Djere is into his third ATP World Tour semi-final, and his second of the season. 

Laslo Djere. (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
The Serbian made his first semi-final in Budapest last season, while he reached the last four in Istanbul earlier this year in what had previously been his best result of 2018. The 23-year-old lost his two previous semi-finals; is this the tournament when he finally gets over the last-four hurdle?

Djere first broke into the top 100 in July last year, while he peaked at a career-high ranking of No. 85 at the start of 2018, but he soon slipped outside the top 100 following a disappointing run of results. Djere won his first match of the year against Marius Copil in Pune, but he then lost 10 straight matches at all levels- main draw, qualifiers, challengers and Davis Cup inclusive. He caught a break in Istanbul, where he defeated Denis Istomin, Andreas Seppi and Paolo Lorenzi before falling to Malek Jaziri in the last four. He followed that up with a runner-up finish in the Rome Challenger, but that brief spell of form would soon desert him as he suffered first round defeats at Lyon Roland Garros and Wimbledon.

In between though, he had some very good runs on the Challenger Tour, winning the title in Milan and getting to the final in Prostejov. He has brought some of that Challenger form to the ATP World Tour, as he first made the quarter final in Umag, before reaching the semi-finals in Gstaad. He has had to work very hard for this spot too. Djere got past Denis Istomin in two tight sets in the opening round before taking out Borna Coric in three sets. He then came through a closely-fought battle with Viktor Galovic, battling through 6-7 6-3 7-6 after two hours and 44 minutes.
Djere sent down 12 aces against Galovic (and seven double faults too), while he saved eight of the nine he conceded.

After dropping the first set on a tie break, the Serbian scored an early break in the second set, and controlled the set from there to push the contest into a deciding set. At 1-2 down in the final set, Djere slipped into a 0-40 hole, but he pulled out a lengthy hold, saving five break points to maintain parity in the match. That was pivotal- so was his fightback in the ensuing tie break. The Serbian looked down and out at 1-5 in the breaker, but he then flicked a switch and reeled off six straight games to pull off an amazing comeback.

It’s unlikely that Roberto Bautista-Agut will let him off the hook should the Spaniard get that sort of advantage in their semi-final on Saturday! It will be their first ever meeting, and I think Bautista-Agut will be too consistent for the Serbian.

Roberto Bautista-Agut vs Laslo Djere is live from Gstaad on Saturday, 28 July from 1:20pm local time/ 12:20 BST

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