Roberto Bautista Agut withdraws from Rotterdam

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Roberto Bautista Agut withdraws from Rotterdam

World No. 19 Roberto Bautista Agut has withdrawn from Rotterdam.

Bautista Agut, a former world No. 9, has made four appearances on the indoor hard courts of Rotterdam so far in his career.

Bautista Agut, 33, made his Rotterdam debut in 2015, when he made the round-of-16 before losing to Gael Monfils. Bautista Agut returned to Rotterdam the following year and that time made the quarterfinal before losing to Martin Klizan.

After missing the event for three consecutive years, Bautista Agut returned to Rotterdam again in 2020. Once again Bautista Agut didn't enjoy a deep run as he was beaten in the round-of-16 by Pablo Carreno Busta. Bautista Agut also played at the event last year and collected his worst result at the tournament as he suffered a surprise defeat in the first round to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

Bautista Agut suffered a tight loss at the Australian Open

Bautista Agut exited the Australian Open in the third round after losing a five-setter to Taylor Fritz. Fritz, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No. 20 in the world, beat Bautista Agut 6-0 3-6 3-6 6-4 6-3 to reach his first Grand Slam round-of-16.

"Today was no different, another really tough opponent, to do it against someone who has basically been my dad in my professional career – he owns me. I said after the last match I felt confident going into this one, even with the head-to-head (5-1 in favor of Bautista Agut prior to the match), because I felt like I’m a different player and I thought I proved it today," Fritz said after the win.

Bautista Agut is set to return to action at this week's ATP event in Montpellier. Bautista Agut, seeded at No. 2, had a first round bye in Montpellier. Bautista Agut will play French veteran Gilles Simon in his Montpellier opener.

Bautista Agut is making his third appearance in Montpellier. Bautista Agut fell just short of winning Montpellier last year as he ended runner-up to David Goffin in the final. It remains to be seen if Bautista Agut can go a step further this year and win his first Montpellier title.