Roberto Bautista Agut
At the 2013 Wimbledon Championships
|Residence||Castellon de la Plana, Spain|
14 April 1988 |
Castellon de la Plana, Spain
|Height||6' (183 cm)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 16 (21 July 2014)|
|Current ranking||No. 19 (25 August 2014)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2014)|
|French Open||3R (2014)|
|US Open||2R (2013, 2014)|
|Highest ranking||No. 169 (3 March 2014)|
|Current ranking||No. 199 (25 August 2014)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||1R (2013, 2014)|
|French Open||3R (2013)|
|US Open||2R (2013)|
|Competitor for Spain|
|Gold||2009 Pescara||Men's Singles|
|Bronze||2009 Pescara||Men's Doubles|
He has won two ATP singles titles at the 2014 Topshelf Open and the 2014 Mercedes Cup. Bautista reached the fourth round of the 2014 Australian Open; the semifinals of the 2014 Madrid Masters; and achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 16 in July 2014.
- 1 Tennis career
- 2 Top 10 wins per season
- 3 ATP career finals
- 4 Challenger and Futures finals
- 5 Singles performance timeline
- 6 Personal life
- 7 References
- 8 External links
As a junior, Bautista Agut compiled a singles win/loss record of 41–13, reaching as high as No. 47 in junior world rankings in July 2006.
Junior Grand Slam results:
Bautista Agut's first tournament of 2013, in Chennai, saw him reach his first career ATP final. He defeated world No. 6 Tomáš Berdych in the quarterfinals in three sets and faced world No. 9 Janko Tipsarević in the final, to whom he eventually lost after winning the first set. This run saw Bautista Agut reach a career-high singles ranking of world No. 51 in March 2013.
2014: Wins first two career (ATP) titles, breaks into top 20
Bautista Agut then participated in the Australian Open. Roberto began his campaign with a first round, straight-sets, victory over unseeded American Tim Smyczek. In the second round he would face an epic challenge against the world no. 5 Juan Martín del Potro. He recorded one of the 2014 Australian Open upsets, beating Del Potro in a five setter. He then took on Frenchmen Benoît Paire (who he beat in Auckland) in the 3rd round. Roberto convincingly beat Benoît in three sets. His campaign ended in the 4th round against Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, losing in four sets. This was his best Grand-Slam performance, of his career, up-to-date.
Bautista Agut's surprising performances earned him a call-up to Spain for their clash with Germany in the Davis Cup. Agut lost both of his fixtures to Philipp Kohlschreiber and Daniel Brands. Germany would go on to win the tie 4–1.
After the disappointing Davis Cup ties, Roberto returned to play for himself in the Open 13 Tournament in Marseille. Roberto's tournament ended in the second round against Latvian, and 2014 tournament champion, Ernests Gulbis.
Bautista Agut then participated in the first Masters 1000 event of the year, the Indian Wells Masters. In the second round, Agut faced a massive challenge against the tournaments fourth seed and big serving Czech Tomáš Berdych. Once again he came up with a massive upset, winning in three sets after losing the first. His tournament ended in the fourth round with a defeat to Ernests Gulbis.
On the 17th of March, Agut rose to a new personal best singles world ranking of 47.
On the 31st of March, Agut rose to a new personal best singles world ranking of 44.
Next, in April, he played at the Monte Carlo Masters. In the second round, Roberto took on Fabio Fognini (who beat Roberto in Miami). Again, just like in Miami, the Italian got the better of the Spaniard in two sets.
Next, in May, Roberto played in the next Masters 1000 tournament which was the Madrid Open. In the first round, Roberto took on fellow Spaniard and 16th seed Tommy Robredo and made headlines with an upset on the tournament's opening day, winning in straight sets. Roberto made it all the way to the tournament's semi-final after beating former top-10 players, Grand-Slam semi-finalists and current in-form players en route to this stage. In the semi-final, Agut took on world No. 1 Rafael Nadal. Nadal mentioned that Agut is "a really dangerous opponent" and Agut certainly gave Rafa a run for his money. In the end, the world No. 1 was the better player in two sets. This was Roberto Bautista-Agut's best ever Masters tournament performance.
On the 12th of May, Agut rose 17 places in the ATP singles rankings to a personal best world No. 28.
The next tournament was the Italian Open. Roberto lost in the first round to Dmitry Tursunov. Roberto's defeat was believed to be due to fatigue following his outstanding Madrid Open performance.
Roberto then played in the French Open. This was Roberto's first Grand Slam where he was one of the top 32 seeded players, seeded 27th. In the first round, Roberto took on Italian qualifier Paolo Lorenzi and beat him in straight sets. In the second round, he took on local Frenchman Benoît Paire (for the third time this year). Roberto extended his 2014 head-to-head record to 3–0 against Benoît with a three set victory. In the third round he took on world No. 6 Tomáš Berdych. Roberto beat the Czech earlier this year at Indian Wells and he leads their career head-to-head record 2–1. Roberto showed his true grit and determination, that he is known for, but he failed to manage a third victory over the big serving Czech, losing in four sets.
In preparation for Wimbledon, Agut played in the Topshelf Open. He was the tournament's third seed and won the title - his first ATP title - defeating former champion Benjamin Becker in the final by a score of 2-6, 7-6(2), 6-4.
On the 23rd of June, Agut rose to a new personal best singles world ranking of 23.
Roberto then played in the Wimbledon Championships, where he was seeded 27th. In the first round he took on American Steve Johnson. This was the third time they met in 2014, with all of their meetings coming in the first round of their tournaments. Agut won the match in a tight four setter. In the second round he took on Czech qualifier Jan Hernych and again won in four sets, after dropping the second. He then took on the defending champion, Andy Murray, in the third round. Agut put up a great fight, but Murray's class on grass was just too difficult to beat. Murray mentioned how “Roberto has won a lot of matches lately, winning (his first Tournament) on grass last week in Holland. He has made a lot of improvements and fights very hard. I hung in some of the games..." Agut lost the match in straight sets. This was his best ever Wimbledon result.
After Wimbledon, Roberto went back to playing on the clay surface in Germany. Roberto was the third seed in the Mercedes Cup based in Stuttgart. Since Roberto was seeded, he was given a first round bye and automatically qualified for the second round. In the semi-final, Agut recorded an upset, beating defending champion Fabio Fognini for only the second time in his career. This result led Agut to take on Lukáš Rosol in the final. This was Roberto's third professional ATP tournament final. Agut won the final in three sets, claiming his second 250 level title.
On the 14th of July, Agut made the top 20 for the first time, rising to a new personal best singles world ranking of 18.
Roberto continued playing on clay surfaced tennis courts in Germany. This time he played in an ATP 500 tournament in Hamburg. Roberto was the sixth seed in the International German Open and was therefore given a first round bye. However, Agut would withdraw from the tournament due to fatigue caused from playing too much tennis. His exit allowed "Lucky Loser" Thomaz Bellucci to fill the void.
On the 21st of July, Agut rose to a new personal best singles world ranking of 16.
After his Stuttgart victory, Agut pulled out of two tournaments and rested for 3 weeks to prepare for the next Masters 1000 event in Toronto. This was Roberto's first Masters tournament where he was seeded. He was the 14th seed in the Rogers Cup. Unfortunately, Roberto was eliminated in the opening round after suffering a defeat at the hands of fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.
After the Toronto disappointment, Agut travelled to "the States" where he would play, as the 13th seed, in the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. Roberto's tournament ended in the second round with a straight-sets defeat to the entertaining Frenchman Gaël Monfils.
Roberto would then go on to play in the 'World's Final Majour' in the "Big Apple." Agut was the 17th seed in the U.S. Open. In the first round he took on Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer. Roberto struggled in beating his opponent in a tight five set affair. He then took on American wildcard Tim Smyczek in the second round.
Head-to-head record against top 20 players
Below are Agut's overall head-to-head records against 2014–present top 20 players that he has played against at least once. The players are arranged in Agut's win% against his opponents. His most recent top 20 meeting was against Fabio Fognini in the semi-final of the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart (July 12, 2014). He won that match in straight sets. His overall win % percentage against top 20 players is 47.62% (10-21).
- Juan Martín del Potro 1–0
- Tommy Robredo 1–0
- Jerzy Janowicz 1–0
- Kevin Anderson 1–0
- Tomáš Berdych 2–2
- Grigor Dimitrov 1–1
- Fabio Fognini 2–4
- Gilles Simon 1–2
- Andy Murray 0–1
- Rafael Nadal 0–1
- Kei Nishikori 0–1
- Novak Djoković 0–2
- David Ferrer 0–2
- John Isner 0–2
- Ernests Gulbis 0–3
Top 10 wins per season
Wins over top 10 players per season
ATP career finals
Singles: 3 (2–1)
Challenger and Futures finals
Singles: 19 (12–7)
Singles performance timeline
Roberto's nickname is “Bati”. His father, Joaquin, is a former football player and a current banker; mother, Ester, owns a clothing store. Bautista-Agut started playing tennis at the age of five when his mother signed him up to play on the weekends. His favourite shot is his forehand. His idols growing up were Juan Carlos Ferrero and David Ferrer.
Outside of Tennis he enjoys horseback riding (he owns two horses) and playing all sorts of sports, especially football. He supports Villarreal C.F. and CD Castellón. He played football for Villarreal C.F. until he was 14 when he decided to focus on his tennis career.