Bautista stalls against Dimitrov and Davidovich no longer beats Hurkacz

Bautista has four consecutive defeats against the Bulgarian (6-3 and 6-4). Davidovich dominated 2-0 in the face to face with the Pole until he fell 6-1, 6-7 (3) and 6-1.


Grigor Dimitrov was once again Roberto Bautista's beast noir, this time in Cincinnati, the only Masters 1,000 that the 30-year-old Bulgarian and 20th in the world has managed to win so far (in 2017). It is clear that he has taken the measure to the Castellón, who chains, with that of this Tuesday (6-3 and 6-4 in 1:21), four defeats in a row against the champion of the ATP Finals four years ago. Dimitrov will face Kazakh Bublik in the second round, who beat the American Giron (3-6, 6-3 and 7-6 (5) .

Roberto could not find a way to counter Grigor's superb performance with his serve and only managed to force three break opportunities, of which he was only able to seize one, in the second set after conceding a break in the first game. In addition, his rival played with three times the aggressiveness (30-10 in winning shots) and minimized unforced errors (20), the gap where the victories were slipping away this year.In fact, this is the fifth game he has won since March in a course in which the first exchangers have been fired in six tournaments. Bautista did not handle the conditions of the game well, on a muggy day, with the threat of rain that appeared late in the second round and forced a break of more than an hour. He improved as the minutes passed, but his intention was not enough and he will soon head to New York, to prepare for the US Open.Davidovich loses his good streak against Hurkacz

Alejandro Davidovich dominated Hubert Hurkacz in the face-to-face with two prestigious victories, at the 2020 US Open and at the ATP 250 in Montpellier this year, but this time, at the 1,000 Masters of Cincinnati, the 24-year-old Pole and world number 12, champion last year in Miami, was far superior and won 6-1 6-7 (3) and 6-1 in 2:05. He will face an excited Andy Murray in the second round, who got off the Frenchman Richard Gasquet late Monday (double 6-4) .

The heat (26º) and, above all, the extremely high humidity (87%) made a dent in the resistance of a Davidovich who could not find a way to overwhelm Hurkacz, who gave him four break opportunities and saved three. On the contrary, the Malaga player had to face ten and lost five. The most optimistic and powerful version of Alex was only seen in the second half of the second set, when he was able to rebound from a 4-2 deficit and equalize to extend the match later in the tiebreaker. The third set also started badly, but this time, with some physical discomfort, he could not come back.

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