Bautista tramples Paire and opens in the quarterfinals

I had only reached this round in a big one this year in Australia. He will face Pella. Verdasco fell to Goffin. Spain, with two players in fourth for the fifth time.


Roberto Bautista, hiding on the track 18, raised his voice to get into his career for the first time in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. Defeated by 6-3, 7-5 and 6-2 in 1h: 52 to Benoit Paire and will play the pass to the semifinals against Guido Pella (26th in the ranking), who suffered but ended up knocking down Milos Raonic by 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) and 8-6 after three hours and 41 minutes of battle.

El Castellonense, 22 of the world, was very solid against the French (32nd) in a duel of thirty-somethings (31 and 30, respectively) . They had faced six times previously and always ended with victory for Bautista, who has taken the measured to the talented but at the same time irregular Paire.

Bautista had arrived for the first time in his career to quarters of a Grand Slam this year in Australia, where he fell to Stefanos Tsitsipas. There he arrived with the title under the arm of Doha. A All England landed with the previous shooting of Halle, where in a good game he was eliminated by Roger Federer in the quarters.

Today, he withstood the 18 aces of Paire and counteracted him safely in the net (13/20), a good percentage of points won with first serve (80%) and effectiveness in the break balls (5/9). He just suffered a break. While the Frenchman played at risk (42 winning shots for 42 unforced errors), Bautista was the balance (20/17). Effectiveness that puts him in fourth.

However, he stayed at the door of entering the top eight Fernando Verdasco, who could not with David Goffin: 7-6 (11/9), 2-6, 6-3 and 6 -4 in 2h: 58. It is the first time for the Belgian (28 years and 23 of the world) that reaches that round, while the Madrid had already entered six years ago, in 2013. The 18 aces and 50 winning shots of Verdasco ( 35 years and 37th of the ATP) were not enough. Played with risk and also recorded 48 unforced errors.

With the triumphs of Rafa Nadal, against Joao Sousa, and of Bautista, Spain puts two players in fourth for the fifth time : Verdasco and Ferrer (2013), Nadal and Feliciano (2011), Feliciano and Nadal (2008) and Ferrero and Nadal (2007) .

"I feel good and it helps that the grass is slow"

"I feel good. Last year I was playing on grass very well, but I could not come to the tournament due to injury. I have to watch it from the TV. I think the first week of the tournament was very complete, I played at a great level, "said Bautista after his victory against Paire. "The heat and it's been sunny every day has put the grass a little slower than usual and I think that benefits me," he continued. "I imagine to stay the same, have the same habits, the same routines, keep focused on the tournament and see if I can win the next round, not wanting to stop being a better player is what makes me be here now" , he explained when They asked what it would look like from now on.

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