World No. 21 Roberto Bautista Agut was happy with the way he performed against six-time ATP champion Nick Kyrgios at the US Open on Monday night. Bautista Agut, seeded at No. 18, saw off former world No. 13 Kyrgios 6-3 6-4 6-0 to reach the second round at Flushing Meadows.
It was the third meeting between the two and the second win for Bautista Agut. "I played well,” said Bautista Agut, per the ATP website. “We played a very good first set, at a high level, with a lot of intensity in the rallies and [at a] high pace.
I am happy to have won in three sets [as] I think I played solid and aggressively”.
Kyrgios admitted Bautista Agut outplayed him
"I just got outplayed, to be honest," Kyrgios said, per ABC News. "All credit to him; he's a hell of a player.
I had a break point in the first set, unfortunately didn't take it, and little things like that can turn a match when you play a world-class player like Roberto." Kyrgios had a chance to start the match with a break but Bautista Agut saved a break point in the opening game of the match.
After saving a break point early on, Bautista Agut claimed the first break of the match in the sixth game and served out for the opener in the ninth game. Bautista Agut continued his good play at the start of the second set, having broken Kyrgios in the fifth game for a 3-2 lead.
The Spaniard then realized his second set point in the 10th game to go up by two sets. After losing the second set, Kyrgios' game absolutely fell apart as Bautista Agut claimed three breaks in the third set to book a comfortable straight-set win. Bautista Agut is now set for another tricky matchup as he plays next against rising Finnish star Emil Ruusuvuori.