Roberto Bautista Agut had entered the ATP 500 event in Halle as the 4th seed and he had a good run there, reaching the semi-final where he faced Borna Coric in the battle for his second ATP final on grass. The Spaniard held at love in the opening game of the match and he had two break points in game four that could send him 3-1 up.
Borna saved them and he held for a 2-2 but Roberto got injured in the last point, falling hard to the ground while changing the direction in order to catch the ball and he hurt his left hip. Bautista Agut managed to hold at love in game five but the pain was too strong to continue the match and risk anything before Wimbledon, retiring and sending Borna into the final match where he defeated Roger Federer to win the title. This was certainly the right move but there was not enough time to make a recovery and Roberto Bautista Agut had to withdraw from the third Grand Slam of the season, missing his first Major after 22 consecutive that he played starting from Australian Open 2013.
After he failed to qualify for the main draw at Wimbledon between 2010-2012, Roberto reached the fourth round in 2015 and 2017 where he lost to Roger Federer and Marin Cilic, and he will lose 180 points he won at the All England Club 12 months ago.
Another notable player who was forced to skip Wimbledon is the 20-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev who is still recovering from the back injury that he suffered at Monte Carlo back in April. The youngster was defeated in the second round against Dominic Thiem in two hours and 40 minutes and he hasn't played ever since, struggling to make the comeback and missing the rest of the clay season.
20 days ago, Andrey finally posted a picture from the court, making his first practice on clay, and it was pretty much obvious we will not see him on the grass courts in the following weeks. After losing in the qualifying round in 2015 and 2016, Rublev made his Wimbledon debut last year as a qualifier, beating Stefano Travaglia in five sets before falling to Albert Ramos-Vinolas in another five-setter, and he will have to wait until 2019 to show his talent and skills at the world's greatest tennis tournament.
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