World No. 12 Roberto Bautista Agut admitted he was in bad spirits after easily losing the first set against Daniil Medvedev but he fought his way back to set up a Cincinnati Masters semifinal against Novak Djokovic. Bautista Agut recovered from a set down in the quarterfinal to knock out defending Cincinnati champion Medvedev 1-6 6-4 6-3.
"After the first set, I was thinking a lot of bad things," Bautista Agut admitted, per the ATP website. "It was a very good comeback." "I tried to do some different things. I tried to mix up a little bit with the slice...
[I hit] some great volleys and it was a fantastic match for me."
Bautista Agut now aims to beat Djokovic
Djokovic cruised past Jan-Lennard Struff to collect his 21st win of the season and remain undefeated in 2020.
"He didn't lose a match this year. He is a great player, very solid, very aggressive and he has a lot of weapons," Bautista Agut said. "Against him, I will try to play my best game to beat him, which is not easy.
If I can play a good level, it is going to be a good match." After beating Tennys Sandgren in the round-of-16, Djokovic claimed the level of tennis by players was good. "Well, obviously this season is different, because we had a six-month hole in the calendar.
But the season has restarted, as well, and the circumstances that we just have to accept are as they are. You know, we can't change that at the moment," Djokovic said. "But I think in terms of the quality of tennis, in terms of opponents that I get to face, that's pretty much the same.
You know, I'm treating this tournament and this restart of the season as normal as it can possibly be. When asked about the possibility of going undefeated this season, Djokovic didn't rule that out. "Look, anything is possible.
I have experienced some things in my career, in my life, that I have to say I believed that they can happen, but, you know, they were not seeming so possible but yet they happened," Djokovic said. "I don't want to count that out, I mean, especially because of the fact that we are -- we don't know how the post-U.S.
tour season is going to look like, whether we are going to play, whether there is going to be another lockdown in Europe or not. We are hoping not. "But, yeah, I mean, it's a long way. If the calendar is as it is, you know, look, it's not -- right now it's not something I'm thinking about. It's not my goal, actually, to go unbeaten, but I wouldn't complain if I do (smiling)."