World number one Daniil Medvedev crashed out of the Mallorca Championship after losing in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 in his quarterfinal match against Roberto Bautista Agut here on Thursday.
This was not the first time the 34-year-old Spaniard has troubled Medvedev. In fact, Bautista Agut won his last three meetings outside Halle with a loss of just one set.
Medvedev consistently frustrates opponents with his solid play, flat strokes and big first serve that keep him under pressure throughout the match. But it was the top seed who was clearly disappointed, making uncharacteristic errors against Bautista Agut on Thursday.
In general, Medvedev feels comfortable being in extended rallies with anyone on tour. But against Bautista Agut, he was trying to change the rhythm with drop shots and other plays, while the Spaniard remained in his comfort zone. The fifth seed suffered just one break point in their 71-minute win – which they saved.
Bautista Agut won her first ATP Tour trophy in 2014 on the grass of ‘As-Hertogenbosch’ and reached the Wimbledon semi-finals in 2019.
Stefanos Tsitsipas came through a grass-court battle to reach his first tour-level semi-final against American Marcos Girón at the Mallorca Championships.
The Greek struggled to find his top level against Giron, but stepped up his game to lead 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3 in two hours and 35 minutes.
“Today was a lot of work. It was not easy,” Tsitsipas said in his on-court interview.
“I had to deal with the heat, I had to play a great game against my opponent. It was a huge physical effort. I had a fighting spirit. ,
In a tight-lipped ATP 250 event, Tsitsipas showed his fighting spirit in a tense third set. The second seed saved both break points, which they faced for 1–0, before securing a decisive break in the eighth game and improving 2–0 in their ATP ‘head to head’ series against Giron.
Tsitsipas, who scored a tour-leading 38 wins this season, will next play Benjamin Bonzi after beating France’s Daniel Altmaier 6-3, 6-4.
Earlier this month, World No. 6 scored grass-court victories over Dominic Stricker in Stuttgart and Bonzi in Halle. He now has a 4-2 record on the surface in 2022.
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