The women’s tournament favorite fell Wednesday in Miami and so too did the men’s as Daniil Medvedev was bounced by Roberto Bautista 6-4, 6-2 in routine fashion under the lights.
The Spaniard is now 3-0 against Medvedev after the 32-year-old out-walled Medvedev in the 92-minute win.
“To beat Daniil in two sets it’s because I played great tennis,” Bautista Agut said. “I was very solid and I could play with a lot of rhythm, make him work a lot. Physically I felt well on the court. It was a very tight first set. Well, it was a great match from my side.”
“It was a very tough match in Dubai, and it was a very tight score,” Bautista Agut said. “He’s playing great, he’s very solid and he has very good strokes. I think I’ll have to play another good match like tonight.
Bautista Agut will now meet young Italian Jannik Sinner who came from a break down in the first to beat Alexander Bublik 7-6(5), 6-4 to reach his first Masters semifinal.
“Obviously I’m very happy being in the semifinal, but, you know, after tomorrow I have a tough match once more. It’s not easy, for sure,” Sinner said.
The 19-year-old Sinner just beat Bautista Agut in Dubai a few weeks ago in three sets, so the Spaniard will be out for revenge on Friday.
“Jannik is playing great,” Bautista Agut said. “I have to say he will be one of the best players in the world. I want to enjoy another good match and be happy about playing in the semifinals.”
Tomorrow, the last two quarters take place with Stefanos Tsitsipas against Hubert Hurkacz in the afternoon and then at night Andrey Rublev faces American Sebastian Korda.
With Medvedev out, there will be a new Masters champion on Sunday.
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