Competing in his first tournament since Halle where he got injured in the semi-final against Borna Coric, the 2nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut is back on the winning way thanks to a 7-5 6-1 win over Taro Daniel in an hour and 28 minutes. Roberto fends off all eight break points he faced in the opening set and he took full control after that, playing better and better as the match progressed and dropping only one point on serve in set number two.
Daniel could have takan the lead in the first set after sailin theough his service games but he had to be punished for those chances missed, getting broken three time from eight opportunities he gave to the Spaniard and ending his run in the last eight.
Roberto had to work hard right from the start, saving no less than six break points in the opening game of the match before he held with a forehand winner to avoid an early setback. Playing against two break points in the seventh game, Bautista Agut fired a forehand winner and another one from his serve, never facing troubles on serve again.
Taro had to save two set points in his first loose service game at 4-5 but he got broken at 15 in game 12 to lose the opener 7-5 in 56 minutes after a backhad down the line winner from the Spaniard. Carried by this momentum, Bautista Agut was the only player on the court in set number two, delivering fury in his games and converting the third break point in game four after a double fault from Daniel for a 3-1.
The Japanese suffered another break in game six and Roberto sealed the deal with three winners in the following game for the place in the semis. Quarter-final results: