There will be a first time slam semi-finalist on Thursday when either Stefanos Tsitsipas or Roberto Bautista Agut take to the court. It is the result of a lot of hard work for the Spaniard while Tsitsipas can further prove his credentials as one of the top young players in the game should he win this match. The Greek is considered the marginal favourite but both will be fancying their chances of advancing. Check out the Tsitsipas vs Bautista Agut stats.
Tsitipas will be hope to avoid falling to the traditional slump after beating a top star, having stunned Roger Federer with a win from a set down. He showed nerves of steel throughout, denying Federer on all 12 break point opportunities while twice winning tiebreaks that traditionally the third seed excels in. The biggest win of his career should hopefully lead to bigger things for him, beginning with this very winnable match. “I was just serving well. Even sometimes I didn’t serve first serve, sometimes I would start the point with a second serve. I think I was just very aggressive from the very beginning from his return.” he said. “I managed to not make any mistakes, stay in the point, make him play. Most of the times he missed. It was actually very mental, I would say. I could have cracked at any moment, but I didn’t because I really wanted it bad.”
While Tsitsipas defeated last year’s champion, Bautista Agut was adding to his impressive tournament with a scalp of the losing finalist Marin Cilic. Having already sent Karen Khachanov out in an early round, he came through a marathon match in just under four hours to advance. The Spaniard could have been forgiven for faltering after Cilic came through to win the fourth and serve first in the decider but he earned the vital break at 5-4 before serving it out. “I’ve been playing very good tennis. I won a really good matches. I had to fight so hard to stay very focus. It’s been a great month for me and for my tennis.” he said.
It’s the first meeting between the two and should be a dramatic matchup, even if it does not contain one of the star names that many people were expecting. Agut continues to improve at the age of 30 and could follow in the footsteps of the likes of Kevin Anderson, who have been peaking at the same stage in their carer.
Prediction – Roberto Bautista Agut in five sets