"I feel very loved and supported by my teammates, friends...and fans. Thank you from the bottom of my hearr," Roberto Bautista Agut had said during the end of the Spanish Davis Cup with Canada. It might have been the best of times for Spain's Davis Cup but the worst of times seeing their teammate struggling with emotion and want of doing good by the team.
At the beginning of the season, Spain's well-loved player Roberto Bautista Agut started to hone his skills by defeating Andy Murray at the Australian Open. He proved his talents by dismantling one of the top 5 players, Novak Djokovic.
Bautista Agut proves himself time and again by his win over the NextGen Taylor Fritz, nearly ten years the Spaniard's junior. He has consistently won over the youngster and hung tight to get victory during the second round in three straight sets at the French Open.
It was at the Halle Open that he capped on another top 5 players, a win over Roger Federer in the quarterfinal as well as defeating France's Richard Gasquet. But winning the last two matches didn't make it necessary to win it all as Bautista Agut did make a few major mistakes to lose the Wimbledon semifinal to Novak Djokovic.
He admitted his error saying "I had 15-40...I played really, really deep. I played a good crosscourt with my backhand...I went too much for it," he'd say. He further explained that even a failure makes him sharpen his game saying "Every experience I had in my tennis career made me a better player, made me the next time do the things better."
But better was an understatement when he'd played on his home country turf at the Davis Cup. Roberto Bautista Agut had tragic times last year when his mother passed, but this year his father was gravely ill and he'd leave the Davis Cup to attend his father's funeral.
Dealing with adversity and emotional times, Bautista Agut channeled his skill into great performances for his teammates. Three days later he was back and won his first-round against Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime in straight sets.
"I am very happy I could win the first point for Spain," he exclaimed beaming. Grief-stricken but emotionally a bit relaxed he played his game well and scored the victory. "It was an amazing feeling on the court today," he said, showing a broad grin of satisfaction.
but not everyone was overconfident as Rafael Nadal had his nervous uncertain times. The iconic Spaniard's health wasn't at top condition and after he'd win all eight games he said with relief "..I held up, but we know that playing so many matches on this surface (hard court) is risky for me..."
Nadal has a history of elbow and knee problems but overjoyed his wins and that the ailments didn't resurface. Agut's emotional times are behind him now. He's even had time to have a bachelor party and marry his longtime partner Ana Bodi Tortosa.
The Spaniard will prove that his spark for perfected play is still high when he joins his Davis Cup teammates Rafael Nadal, Pablo Carreno Busta and Feliciano Lopez in Perth from January 3-8 for the newly formed ATP Cup. The Spanish Davis Cup Captain Sergi Bruguera couldn't contain his emotions over the impeccable performance by all especially by Roberto saying "Unbelievable..."
This coming 2020 season may be an all-end blockbuster as Roberto Bautista Agut's tragic times are over and he can roll out his performances relaxingly and enjoyably. He might even win a grand slam this year coming because now for the Spaniard -- nothing is impossible.