Roberto Bautista Agut is by far the oldest player left in the Miami Open quarter-final, hoping to use his experience and secure the first Masters 1000 crown. The Spaniard played on a high level in the quarter-final against the top seed and world no.
2 Daniil Medvedev, beating the Russian for the third time in as many encounters and advancing into the fourth Masters 1000 semi-final and the second in a row after Cincinnati last year. Roberto needed an hour and 32 minutes to oust Daniil, fending off all three break chances and securing three return games to seal the deal in straight sets and remain in contention for the first Masters 1000 crown.
The Spaniard lost only four points behind the second serve, fired many service winners and outplayed world no. 2 from the baseline to seal the deal in style and keep a perfect score against the better-ranked opponent. Bautista Agut had a chance to grab a break in the seventh game, sending a forehand wide and waiting for some other opportunity.
It came at 4-4 when Medvedev sprayed a forehand mistake, opening a 5-4 advantage and saving a break point in game ten to claim the opener 6-4 with a service winner. Medvedev lost serve at the beginning of the second set wasted his chance in game four to find himself 3-1 behind.
The Spaniard grabbed four straight points in game five to secure a break with a forehand down the line winner and opened a 5-1 gap with a hold at love.
Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in Miami.
Medvedev held after three deuces to reduce the deficit to 2-5 before Bautista Agut sealed the deal with a perfect service game a couple of minutes later.
Praising the Russian, the Spaniard said that he is thrilled about the victory over a better-ranked rival. In the next round, Bautista Agut plays against Jannik Sinner, honoring the youngster and saying he should soon be among the world's best players.
"I want to give Daniil all the credit; I know he is one of the world's best players. He's been winning many matches, he's No. 2 in the world, so I'm thrilled and proud about how I played today. I think I showed a great level on the court.
It was a very tough match against Jannik Sinner in Dubai, with a tight score. He's playing great; his game is rock solid and his strokes are excellent. I think I'll have to play another good match like tonight if I want to win.
Jannik is playing great, and I have to say he will be one of the world's best players. I want to enjoy another good match and be happy about playing in the semi-final," Roberto Bautista Agut said.