ATP Wimbledon: Roberto Bautista Agut tops Pella to set Novak Djokovic clash


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ATP Wimbledon: Roberto Bautista Agut tops Pella to set Novak Djokovic clash

Missing the last year's Wimbledon due to an injury he suffered in Halle, Roberto Bautista Agut has made a perfect comeback, losing one set in five encounters to reach the first Grand Slam semi-final! The Spaniard took down Guido Pella 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in three hours and seven minutes.

In a grueling baseline battle, Bautista Agut claimed 15 points more than his rival, hitting 42 winners and 35 unforced errors and keeping Pella on a 46-51 ratio, decent but not enough to send the match into a decider. There were 29 break points up for grabs and we saw six breaks of serve, four for the Spaniard and two for the Argentine, which made all the difference.

The opening set lasted for an hour and Roberto kicked off the action with a break at 15 in the first game after a forehand winner. Pella converted the sixth break point in game eight to level the score at 4-4, fending off four break chances in the next game before the Spaniard forced an error from his opponent at 5-5 to move in front again and closed the set with a hold at love for a 7-5.

Hitting with more depth and precision, Bautista Agut grabbed a break at the beginning of the second set, repelling a break point in game four and clinching the set with a forehand winner in game ten for a massive lead after an hour and 44 minutes.

Pella finally found the rhythm in the first couple of games in set number three, breaking Bautista Agut in game two and saving a break point in games seven and nine to grab the set 6-3 after forcing a mistake from Roberto and looking good for another comeback.

The Spaniard was in all kind of troubles in the third game of the fourth set, saving two break points and stealing Pella's serve in the next game after a forehand error from the Argentine that would cost him a lot. Carried by this momentum, Roberto delivered three great holds to move over the top after yet another mistake from his opponent at 5-3, becoming the sixth male Spanish player in the semi-final at Wimbledon, facing world no. 1 Novak Djokovic on Friday.