ATP Miami: Roberto Bautista Agut eases past the top seed Daniil Medvedev

Roberto Bautista Agut is by far the oldest player left in the Miami Open quarter-final, hoping to use his experience and secure the first Masters 1000 crown. The Spaniard played on a high level in the quarter-final against the top seed and world no. 2 Daniil Medvedev, beating the Russian for the third time in as many encounters and advancing into the fourth Masters 1000 semi-final and the second in a row. Roberto needed an hour and 32 minutes to oust Daniil, fending off all three break chances and securing three return games from seven opportunities to seal the deal in straight sets and remain on the title course. The Spaniard defended his second serve superbly, winning 13 out of 17 points and toppling his opponent when Medvedev would miss the first serve to control the pace and emerge at the top.

Daniil hit more winners and more errors, failing to return 30% of Bautista Agut’s serves and not matching the rival’s pace in the shortest and most extended exchanges. They stayed neck and neck in the first six games before Roberto created a break chance in game seven, wasting it with a loose forehand.

Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Daniil Medvedev in straight sets to reach semis.

The Spaniard held at 15 with a smash winner in game eight and grabbed a break when the Russian sprayed a forehand mistake a few minutes later. Bautista Agut fended off a break chance in game ten with an unreturned serve and closed the set with another powerful serve for 6-4 after 50 minutes.

Medvedev faced four break chances in the second set’s opening game, spraying a backhand mistake on the last to fall a set and a break down. Bautista Agut cemented the advantage with a service winner in game two and faced two break points two games later. Daniil wasted a massive opportunity on the second, and Roberto closed the game with an unreturned game to build a 3-1 lead. The Spaniard grabbed four straight points in game five to secure the third break with a forehand down the line winner, moving 5-1 in front with a hold at love in game six. Medvedev held after three deuces to reduce the deficit to 2-5 before Bautista Agut held at love in game eight to move over the top and advance into the semis.

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