In an interview to Punto de Break, Roberto Bautista Agut's coach Pepe Vendrell commented on the Spanish player's success at the Qatar Open defeating Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych back to back in three sets.
On the win against the Serb, Vendrell said: 'It's one of the matches that attract fans, I lived it on court and I felt that the level he played at over three hours was big. You had everything, a lot of emotion, but especially two brilliant players.
Rober and Novak delighted the people with an amazing tennis. We had set the goal of not opening the court too much, keeping it close so that he would not hurt us with his angles. Rober felt comfortable with the rhythm, he did not feel that Novak was going over him and he put himself in an ideal situation to win.'
Bautista Agut had lost all the eight matches played against top ten players in 2018. But it did not influence his mind when he faced Djokovic: 'We do not get into this war, we commit to preparing, progressing, learning every week from the opportunities...
Our goal is to be healthy and have an injury-free year. Enjoying competing, which when he could do it in 2018, did really well. To 2019 I ask health and being open to learning every week to get the results from every experience.
Over time we will seek new goals, but I never liked to put a number as a priority. The priority is the daily work.' On the championship clash, Vendrell concluded: 'The match with Berdych was very complicated, I love the energy with which Rober started playing.
He knows he had to enter with a lot of intensity. He struggled with finding the balance, on this level, it was a very difficult match. Inside him, Rober had a little obligation of not failing to himself, despite he was playing against a top player like Berdych.'