Bautista's faith brings Medvedev down and goes after Djokovic

The 12th world number was able to beat the 5th by going back from the opening set. The Serbian beat Struff (6-3 and 6-1) and they will meet this Thursday in the semifinal.

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The Cincinnati Masters 1,000, which is being held in New York to overcome the pandemic, witnessed the faith of Roberto Bautista. In the coldness of a Grandstand court, despite the ambient heat, due to the lack of public (8,200 spectators fit), the Spaniard grew after a bad start to knock down Daniil Medvedev, current champion, 1-6, 6-4 and 6-3 in 2h: 14. On Tuesday he had also traced the opening set to Karen Khachanov.

The Castellón will play this Thursday (9:00 pm, Movistar) the semifinal against the number one Novak Djokovic, who once overcome his muscular problems in the neck went over (6-3 and 6-1) of an indolent Jan-Lennard Struff (34º). Last year, Bautista defeated the Serbian on fast track twice.

The Russian, who led Nadal to a fifth set in the US Open final last year and will be a contender for the title next week, showed a superior level in the first set, despite not having played a previous exhibition before entering the tournament. the Queen's bubble. The world number five won 100% of his first serves (13/13). The Castellón (12th) did not manage to tickle him.

In the second, Bautista changed the pattern, did not break down and took the Russian to a carousel. In a quarter with five breaks, the Spanish did not tremble when the Russian got 4-3 and served. Two breaks led him to tie the crossing.

Y again threw Bautista de Fe when he began the final break down. He overcame it, had two match balls that the Muscovite neutralized to even procure a break ball, but the third time was the charm. Bautista, the man who never stops believing, even overcame a warning for exceeding time when serving to seal the semifinals with ace. A weighty victory.

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