Baptist Epic

The Castellón saved three match points against Schwartzman to reach the quarterfinals, where Opelka awaits him. Tsitsipas wiped out Khachanov and Rublev went down with Isner.


Roberto Bautista grows in moments of tension. And he was in charge of demonstrating it one more day, this time, in a Masters 1,000 in Canada where he took a titanic duel against Argentine Diego Schwartzman. After almost three hours of battle and when everything seemed lost for the Castellón in the third set, Rober managed to save three match points (6-3, 3-6, 7-5) to take the pass within a quarter of final where he will be measured with the American Reilly Opelka, Lloyd Harris's executioner (4-6, 7-6 and 7-6) .

The duel began balanced, but Rober took a step forward from 2-2 to chain three games in a row with which he broke the set. Inspired with first serves close to 200 km / h, the Castellón dominated Schwartzman in his specialty, consistency from the back of the track. Although any minimum mistake is paid dearly against the Argentine, who went ahead 2-0 with a break in favor in the second set after Bautista had a ball to raise the score to 1-1. Bautista's response was immediate. He connected two direct hits with his parallel backhand that, at times, left the 'Peque' touched, but not sunk. Schwartzman raised his serve level dramatically, with 93% of first serve points won, taking the game into the third quarter.

That inertia was transferred by Peque to the beginning of the final round, where he really tightened Bautista's kickoff. The Spaniard knew how to suffer to save a break ball against and put it 1-1, but the intensity of the Argentine carried him flying towards what seemed like a sure victory. Few privileged are able to stay in the fight with 5-3 down in the last set, and one of them is Rober. The Spaniard raised a wall at the back of the court, despaired Schwartzman by saving three match points against and took the victory with a streak of four consecutive games. Now it is Opelka, whom Bautista dominates 2-1 in the head-to-head, which separates the Spaniard from a new semi-final of Masters 1.000.

Tsitsipas arrives thrown into the quarterfinals

Karen Khachanov reached the knockout stages of the 1,000 Canadian Masters this Thursday in one of the best moments of his career, recovering that great tennis that a couple of years ago led him to enter the top-10 of the ranking ATP (8th) and to win the Paris-Bercy Masters. In the Olympic Games he took a step forward by hanging himself with the silver medal (he lost in the final against Zverev), but today in Toronto he had on the other side of the track his particular 'black beast', a Stefanos Tsitsipas who had beaten him in their three previous duels. The Greek, who is also in a sweet moment after reaching number 3 in the ranking (highest position of his career) and having played his first Grand Slam final (he fell at Roland Garros against Djokovic), once again won the game to the Russian, on the day of his 23rd birthday, on the fast track: 6-3 and 6-2 in 1:20 hours of play.

The one from Athens showed his best version from the beginning, electric legs and with a devastating drive. In the fourth game he achieved the break (3-1), consolidated it with his serve immediately afterwards and opened an insurmountable gap for the Russian. However, Khachanov came to have several break options to lengthen the set, but Tsitsipas pulled cold-blooded to fit balls to the lines and contained the rebellion attempt.

Khachanov accused the moral blow as soon as the second set started. Tsitsipas got the starting break and left the match practically sentenced. With one more tear in his pocket, the Greek was able to lose his serve in the only opportunity available to Khachanov in the entire second set, but he fixed the mishap and sealed the victory with a direct serve. In the quarterfinals, Tsitsipas will face Casper Ruud, Dusan Lajovic's executioner (6-4 and 6-3), in an attempt to equalize the head-to-head (0-1) between the two, as the Norwegian surpassed him this same year at the Mutua Madrid Open (7-6 and 6-4) .

Results of the day in the 1000 Masters of Canada

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