World number 1 Daniil Medvedev was knocked out of Mallorca after losing his quarter-final match in straight sets 6-3 6-2 to Roberto Bautista Agut here on Thursday.
This wasn’t the first time the 34-year-old Spaniard had upset Medvedev. In fact, Bautista Agut has won his previous three encounters outside of Halle with only one set loss.
Medvedev constantly frustrates opponents with his powerful play, flat kicks and big first serve that puts them under pressure throughout the match. But the top seed was visibly disappointed on Thursday, making uncharacteristic errors against Bautista Agut.
Usually, Medvedev is comfortable staying at long gatherings with anyone on tour. But against Bautista Agut, he was trying to change the tempo with kicks and other plays, while the Spaniard stayed in his comfort zone. The fifth seed faced only one break point – which he saved – in his 71-minute victory.
Bautista Agut won his first ATP Tour title in 2014 on S-Hertogenbosch turf and reached the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2019.
Stefanos Tsitsipas came through a grasscourt battle against American Marcos Giron in Mallorca to reach the semi-finals for the first time on tour level.
The Greek struggled to find his top form against Giron, but upped his game when needed to advance 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3 in 2 hours 35 minutes.
“It was a lot of work today. It was not easy,” Tsitsipas said in his court interview.
“I had to deal with the heat, and I had to deal with my opponent playing great. It was a great physical effort. I had the fighting spirit.”
Facing an intense showdown at the ATP 250 event, Tsitsipas showed his fighting spirit in a tense third set. The second seed saved his two break points to hold them 1-0, before taking a crucial eighth inning break to advance to 2-0 in the ATP “head-to-head” series against Giron.
Tsitsipas, who has won 38 championships this season, plays Benjamin Ponzi after the Frenchman beat German Daniel Altmaier 6-3 6-4.
Earlier this month, the world number 6 posted victories on grass over Dominic Stryker in Stuttgart and Ponzi in Halle. He now holds the record 4-2 on the roof in 2022.
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