Just last week, Daniil Medvedev overtook Roberto Bautista Agut on the grass in straight sets at the Terra Wortmann Open in Halle. On Thursday, the Spaniard flipped the script.
Bautista Agut beat 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 the No. 1 player in the Pepperstone ATP rankings (4-8), with his previous three victories coming against Novak Djokovic.
“I had to play very well to beat Daniel. He is No. 1, the last champion here in Mallorca. Just a few days ago he had beaten me. I played a really competitive match,” Batista Agut said in his on-court interview Said in. “I was more confident with my game today, hitting strong, very solid. I think I made a really good match.”
This is not the first time the 34-year-old has harassed Medvedev. In fact, Bautista Agut won his last three meetings outside Halle with a loss of just one set.
Medvedev consistently frustrates opponents with his solid play, flat strokes and big first serve that keep him under pressure throughout the match. But it was the top seed that was clearly disappointed on Thursday, making uncanny errors as he tried to crack the Bautista Agut code.
In general, Medvedev feels comfortable being in extended rallies with anyone on tour. But against Bautista Agut, he was trying to change the rhythm with drop shots and other plays, while the Spaniard remained in his comfort zone. The fifth seed suffered just one break point in the 71-minute win which he saved.
“You need to be very confident that you can make it. Last week I was a little off,” said Batista Agut. “Today, I was very confident. I knew that if I play a good match, I will get chances and I got it.
This year’s Doha champions will play either Switzerland’s Antoine Bellier or Dutchman Talon Grixpour next season as he chases down his second title of the season. Bautista Agut won her first ATP Tour trophy in 2014 on the grass of ‘As-Hertogenbosch’ and reached the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2019.