In a column for El Pais the Rafael Nadal's uncle and former coach, Toni, praised Roberto Bautista Agut's Australian Open run. The Spaniard defeated Marin Cilic on Sunday in a five-set match to reach the quarter-finals.
Earlier last week, when Bautista Agut had just reached the third round, Toni had written: 'His recent victory in the Qatar Open stands out, where he won Tomas Berdych in the final and Djokovic in the semifinals. And his two first matches against Murray and Millman at the Australian Open, two intense marathon players, were, both in five sets.
Since 2016, the year where he raised to the 13th rankings positions, Roberto went through very hard things on a familiar level; the worst one was his mother's loss the week before last year's French Open. No one stopped seeing, without a doubt, the fighter and example for his commitment.
A good mate and role model for these younger guys about which we are speaking a lot.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title