"...It makes me feel more comfortable and with confidence than I played the year before", said Bautista Agut. He was on a roll when he entered the Winston Salem Open, having no idea that he'd be the winner in a tournament that would make him stay focused and be aggressive round after round.
Agut had a trophy early in this 2017 year when he won in January the Chennai Open winning over Russia's Daniil Medvedev. He was in semifinals of the garanti Koza Sofia Open with David Goffin, the BMW Open with Alexander Zverev, and The Suisse Open Gstaad with Fabio Fognini but came up on the wrong side of the winner's circle each time.
Bautista Agut was more determined than ever when he entered the Winston-Salem Open in the Carolinas. It was a special tournament that last year saw him bow in the final to a countryman, Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta. He was defiant not to let the same mistakes creep up in his game as he had did last time when he turned the tournament over to Carreno Busta.
He had came into the tournament with a title under his belt and much experience at playing the big players, even though he didn't come up winning, time after time. The Spaniard's opponent was Bosnia's Damir Dzumhur, whose resume this year wasn't looking so good.
Damir had only lasted one or two rounds in nearly all the tournaments he had entered except for the Mexican Open where he lost to Sam Querrey in the semifinals and the finals at this North Carolina event, losing to Agut. He won in straight sets with Lajovic, Baghdatis, Fritz and J.
Struff. "I had a great week...I hope to continue this momentum in New York", he had said to the media, but Agut remained cool, calm and collected as he grabbed the early lead in each set before Dzumhur, and he still felt as though he could stay consistent and win the title.
It was Dzumhur who had played the challenger tournaments, trying to be confident about winning the title. Agut thought that he could win this final round and the tile and as he proceeded after each round he had gained strength and energy to finish off the match and to capture the title because he was extremely tired but proved too much for Damir Dzumhur.
Bautista Agut had an answer to all of his Bosnian comrade's shots for he was cross couring, volleying and just diving for everything that normally he'd let go. He was playing smart and in the first set he had led 4-1 and in the second 3-1.
It was a matter of time that Agut had won the first set and then the second. He was confident, overpowering and mildly disrupted Dzumhur's game totally. "I'm so happy...I played very good tennis, and today, it was a tough final".
But Dzumhur couldn't keep pace with Bautista and literally had played over 10 matches in two weeks. He was well worn out, and the Spaniard accomplished what he wanted. "I wanted to try to arrive to the final, and I got the title", Agut had said smilingly and soon can't wait to play Italy's Andreas Seppi at the U.S.
Open possibly with similar results. .