Bautista Agut Maintains London Hopes In Beijing
The Spaniard, ranked No. 15 in the Emirates ATP Race To London, clung to his hopes of qualifying for the Nitto ATP Finals by converting four of five break opportunities, while saving the only two he faced on his own serve.
Both of Zhang’s break points came at 2-3 in the second set, creating a chance to get back on serve. But Bautista Agut managed to hold, and then got through a deuce game the next time he served to advance to the second round for the third time in three appearances in Beijing.
Carreno Busta showed grit, saving three match points to break back and turn a 0-6, 2-5 deficit into a competitive set on-serve at 4-5. But after saving one more match point, the Belgian finally capitalised with a backhand winner to seal his victory.
Fabio Fognini defeated Robin Haase, 7-6(4), 6-2 to earn a match-up with either World No. 4 Alexander Zverev or Kyle Edmund, while Aljaz Bedene set up a clash with Bautista Agut with a 6-4, 6-2 win against qualifier Marcel Granollers.
Top Seed Earns 200th Victory
"It's a great honour to be able to play so many matches on the ATP tour," Peers told ATPWorldTour.com. "It was always a dream to be able to play on it and to be able to do this for several years is so much fun. I hope I can continue to enjoy the journey and continue to live out my dream job."
The Australian-Finnish pairing broke serve four times in the match to help Peers reach the milestone, earning the win in their first match since advancing to the US Open semi-finals.