Bautista Agut: 'I asked Laver Cup if I could leave Geneva earlier'

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Bautista Agut: 'I asked Laver Cup if I could leave Geneva earlier'

Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Andreas Seppi in straight sets, 6-2 6-2, to reach the Zhuhai semifinals. The Spanish player said he tried to have the best possible preparation ahead of this tournament. "I wanted to arrive here as soon as possible.

I knew that the jet lag in China is not easy coming from Europe. And I asked the people from the Laver Cup if I could leave a little bit earlier and I left on Sunday night and I arrived here Monday afternoon, which helped me a little bit to arrive 24 hours earlier than I expected.

I arrived here very close, I didn't have much time to visit the city and I only had time to rest and be concentrating for the tournament. And, well, what I see it's a city, a lot of buildings and new buildings, a lot of new bridges and streets and I'm thinking that in three, four years it's going to be a totally different city.

So it's going to be interesting to see how it is in a few years", said Bautista Agut. "It was nice to play on this court, it's a very beautiful court, very nice center court and the conditions here are very slow, every ball, every point is played by long rallies, a lot of points from baseline.

I like the way I played today and I felt really good on the court." On how it felt to crack the top ten rankings and reach his maiden Grand Slam semifinal at Wimbledon, Bautista Agut added: "It means a lot to me.

It means that I've been doing a lot of good things during the past year and it means that I'm improving my tennis, my game is getting better and that's why I'm climbing on the rankings."