AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2014
Bautista Agut Downs Del Potro
by ATP Staff|
Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut upset fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 in the second round of the 2014 Australian Open.
The match, which ended in the early hours of Friday morning after a day beset with delays due to extreme heat followed by rain, lasted three hours and 53 minutes.
"I feel comfortable on these courts. These courts are good for my game," said Bautista Agut. "I'm serving and returning very well. That helps me a lot. Today I could return a lot of serves from del Potro. This was the key to win the fourth and fifth sets." The Spaniard won 77 per cent of points on his first serve and broke his Argentine opponent five times in eight chances.
"I know him very well. I think he play a great match during the four hours," said del Potro about Bautista Agut. "It's tough [to lose] when you have played at a very high level during four hours.
"But in every moment, he played unbelievable shots. During break point down, he served well. He made winners with forehands and backhands, and he played close to the lines very often during the match."
The 25 year old Bautista Agut - nicknamed "Bati" - faces 27th seed Benoit Paire in the third round. Looming in the Round of 16 are Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov; Rafael Nadal is a potential quarter-final opponent.
Bautista Agut is ranked 62nd in the Emirates ATP Rankings and turned pro in 2006. He reached the final of the Aircel Chennai Open at the start of last season (l. to Tipsarevic) and reached the semi-finals of the 2014 Heineken Open in Auckland, falling to eventual champion John Isner.