Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut said he will never forget his ATP Cup semifinal win over world No. 9 Hubert Hurkacz. Bautista Agut, ranked at No. 19 in the world, edged out Hurkacz 7-6 (6) 2-6 7-6 (5) to propel Spain into the ATP Cup final.
"It's a match that I will always remember. I think both of us could get the win today. He also really deserved a lot of good things. But this is our game, this is tennis," Bautista Agut said, per the ATP Cup website.
"Today I was the one who got the win. I think I also deserved it. I did a lot of good things on the court."
Hurkacz resisted but Bautista Agut won
Hurkacz saved two match points in the 10th game of the third set, one in the 12th game and two more in the tie-break before Bautista Agut realized his sixth match point.
"Sometimes you get the win on the first [match] point. He played two or three lines in a row, but sometimes you stay focussed like today, you keep working and finally you lose the tie-break," Bautista Agut said.
"But today I kept working and I got the win." Bautista Agut blasted a passing shot on his sixth match point to put an end to a thriller clash. "I played really aggressive at the end of the match. Maybe a bit more aggressive in the tie-break than on the match points, but I ended the tie-break with a good passing shot," Bautista Agut said.
"He was playing unbelievable volleys, so I'm really happy about the win of today." Bautista Agut's win over Hurkacz sealed victory for Spain as Pablo Carreno Busta beat Jan Zielinski 6-2 6-1 in the opening match.
Carreno Busta was scheduled to play Kamil Majchrzak but the Pole tested positive for COVID-19. “When you expect to play against one player and at the last moment they change it, [it is tough]. They were unlucky, so sorry about that,” Carreno Busta said.
“But I had to do my tennis, my job and I think that I played really good, [I was] very focussed on my game. It’s important to always be one up [for the team]”.