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Roberto Bautista
Roberto Bautista-Agut 2, Aegon Championships, London, UK - Diliff.jpg
Country (sports)  Spain
Residence Castellón de la Plana, Spain
Born (1988-04-14) 14 April 1988 (age 29)[1]
Castellón de la Plana, Spain[1]
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Turned pro 2006
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Coach(es) Javier Piles
Pepe Vendrell[1]
Prize money $6,093,810
Career record 179–113 (61.3% in Grand Slam and ATP World Tour main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 5
Highest ranking No. 13 (17 October 2016)
Current ranking No. 19 (19 June 2017)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2014, 2016, 2017)
French Open 4R (2016, 2017)
Wimbledon 4R (2015)
US Open 4R (2014, 2015)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games QF (2016)
Career record 17–37
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 169 (3 March 2014)
Current ranking No. 564 (3 April 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2013, 2014)
French Open 3R (2013)
Wimbledon 2R (2014)
US Open 2R (2013)
Last updated on: 3 April 2017.

Roberto Bautista Agut (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈβeɾto βauˈt̪ist̪a aˈɣut̪]; born 14 April 1988) is a Spanish professional tennis player.[2]

He has won five ATP singles titles at the 2014 Topshelf Open, the 2014 Mercedes Cup, the 2016 ASB Classic, the inaugural 2016 Garanti Koza Sofia Open, and the 2017 Aircel Chennai Open. Bautista reached the fourth round of the 2014 Australian Open, 2016 Australian Open, 2017 Australian Open, 2014 US Open, 2015 US Open, 2016 French Open and the 2015 Wimbledon Championships; the semifinals of the 2014 Madrid Masters and the finals of the 2016 Shanghai Masters; and achieved a career-high singles ranking of world No. 13 in October 2016. He is the first Spaniard younger than Rafael Nadal to get inside the Top 20.

Tennis career[edit]


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.

2009–2013 Pro tour highlights[edit]

In 2009, Bautista Agut qualified for the ATP 500 Tournament in Valencia, where he lost against Albert Montañés in the first round.

He reached his first ATP-level quarterfinal at St. Petersburg in 2012, losing to Fabio Fognini.

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: Career breakthrough: First two titles and world no. 14 ranking[edit]

Bautista Agut began his 2014 campaign in Auckland, where he made the semifinals of the Heineken Open. He lost to third seed, and eventual champion, John Isner after winning the first set.

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 classic five-setter to record his first win in seven matches against a top 10 player.[3] His campaign ended two rounds later against Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, losing in four sets. This was the best Grand Slam performance, of his career to date.

Bautista Agut at the US Open

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 rubbers to Philipp Kohlschreiber and Daniel Brands. Germany would go on to win the tie 4–1.

In March, Agut participated in the first Masters 1000 event of the year, the Indian Wells Masters. In the second round he would come up against fourth seed, and big serving Czech, Tomáš Berdych. Agut secured his second top 10 win of the year, winning in three sets after losing the first. His tournament ended in the fourth round with a defeat to Ernests Gulbis.

In May, Roberto played in another Masters 1000 tournament which was the Madrid Open. Roberto made it all the way to the tournament's semifinals after beating former top-10 players, Grand Slam semifinalists and current in-form players en route to this stage. In the semifinal, 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.[4] This was Roberto Bautista-Agut's best ever Masters tournament 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. Roberto beat Paolo Lorenzi, and Frenchman Benoît Paire but he was unable to beat world no. 6 Tomáš Berdych for a second time this year, ending his tournament in the third round after a four-set defeat.

In preparation for Wimbledon, Agut played in the Topshelf Open. He was the tournament's third seed. Agut won the title, his first ATP title, defeating former champion Benjamin Becker in the final in three sets.[5]

Roberto then played in the Wimbledon Championships. After defeating Steve Johnson and Jan Hernych, Agut 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. This was his best 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. In the semifinal, Agut recorded an upset, beating defending champion Fabio Fognini for only the second time in his career.[6] 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.[7]

In the last slam of the year, the U.S. Open, Roberto reached the fourth round after defeating Andreas Haider-Maurer, Tim Smyczek, and Adrian Mannarino on the way to taking on the no. 2 seed Roger Federer for the first time. Despite Agut's hard efforts, he could not stop Federer winning points at the net, and he therefore lost in straight sets.[8] This was Agut's best ever US Open campaign and he equaled his best career Grand Slam result (2014 Australian Open).

Agut would then head off to Russia to play in the Kremlin Cup tournament held in Moscow. Agut advanced all the way to the final where he took on the 2014 US Open champion, Marin Čilić, in the final. His brilliant tournament ended with a tight straight-set defeat.[9]

After his outstanding season, Agut won the ATP's Most Improved Player award.[10]

At the end of the best season in his career so far, Agut finished 2014 with a singles ranking of world no. 15, and a doubles ranking of world no. 255.

2015: Drops out of top 20[edit]

Agut began his new season, as the third seed, in the 2015 Aircel Chennai Open. Agut progressed to the semi-final where he would lose to British qualifier Aljaž Bedene.

In February, Agut travelled to France to play in the 2015 Open 13 tournament in Marseille. Agut's tournament ended in the semi-final against the entertaining local star, Gaël Monfils.

In April, Agut travelled to the clay surfaced courts of Barcelona to play in the Barcelona Open. Agut made it to the finals stage but lost in the quarter-final in a tight 3-setter against defending champion Kei Nishikori.

Later that month he travelled to Germany to play in the 2015 BMW Open in Munich. Agut made it all the way to the semi-final where he eventually lost to top seed Andy Murray.

One month later, Agut travelled to England to play in the year's third major. Agut was the 20th seed in the Wimbledon Championships. Agut advanced all the way to the fourth round to take on 7-time Wimbledon Champion and tournament second seed Roger Federer, after wins over Ruben Bemelmans, Benoît Paire, and Nikoloz Basilashvili. Unfortunately Agut's tournament ended to the Swiss maestro in straight-sets. Despite the defeat this was Agut's best Wimbledon result and equal best Grand Slam result as he also reached the 4th round in the 2014 US and Australian Opens.

In July, Agut played as the second seed in the 2015 Croatia Open. Agut advanced to the semi-final where he would be defeated by Portuguese player João Sousa.

In September the fourth and final major of the year was held in "the Big Apple". Agut was the 23rd seed in the 2015 US Open. After defeats over Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Pablo Carreño Busta, and David Goffin, Agut had reached the fourth round of a major for a second consecutive time. He took on the World number 1, from Serbia, Novak Djoković. Agut's tournament finished with a four-set defeat.[11] Despite losing, Agut did manage to repeat his equal best performance in New York for a second consecutive year.

He then played in the St. Petersburg Open where he was the fourth seed. He'd would go on to lose in the semi-finals to second seed Miloš Raonić.

He was the second seed in the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. He made the final again and took on the exact opponent from Croatia Marin Čilić and still had no luck this time around losing ironically by exactly the same scoreline - 4–6, 4–6.

He was the seventh seed in the 2015 Valencia Open. With top seeds falling it was a shock draw with Agut being the only seeded player remaining in the draw. Agut made it all the way to the final and in the final Agut was up a set and a break but failed to consolidate, going on to lose the match, which was the story of his 2015 season in tournament decisive matches.[12]

At the end of 2015, Agut finished outside the top 20 with a ranking of 25.

2016: Two more ATP titles, back into the top 20 and first Masters final[edit]

In the 2016 ASB Classic Agut knocked out defending Champion Jiri Vesely, third seeded American John Isner and second seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, his first top ten scalp in two years, on his way to the final where he took on talented American Jack Sock. Roberto was crowned champion after the American retired in the second set.

In the 2016 Australian Open Agut was seeded 24th. After defeating Martin Kližan and Dušan Lajović, Agut took on 12th seed Marin Čilić in the third round. Agut earned his first ever win over Čilić in a shock straight-sets result setting up a match-up with the sixth seed, Tomáš Berdych. After winning five setters in the lead up to this match, Agut didn't come on the right side of this five-setter as he lost a thriller and ended his chances to reach his first ever Grand-Slam Quarter-Final.

After the Australian Open, Agut's first tournament was based in Bulgaria. Agut entered the 2016 Garanti Koza Sofia Open as the number one seed. Agut made it all the way to the final where he took on Serbian second seed Viktor Troicki. Agut would go on to win the inaugural Garanti Koza Sofia Open to win his fourth career title and second in 2016.

In May, Agut played in the year's second major as the 14th seed. Agut reached the fourth round of the 2016 French Open after he defeated Dmitry Tursunov, Paul-Henri Mathieu, and Borna Ćorić. His quest for a place in a Grand-Slam Quarter-Final was again ended by a top ten player, this time world number one, Novak Djoković. This result was his best result at the French Open and equals his best at Grand Slam level.

In early August, Bautista Agut was a member of the Spanish representatives at the International sporting event that occurs every quadrennial year, the Olympic Games. Agut advanced to the quarterfinals in Rio de Janeiro after beating Andrey Kuznetsov, Paolo Lorenzi, and Gilles Müller in the earlier rounds. Agut's quest for an Olympic medal ended after a defeat against the eventual silver-medalist Juan Martín del Potro.

Later that month, Agut reached the final of the Winston-Salem Open to take on fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta. Agut lost the final in three sets.

In the penultimate Masters 1000 event of the year at the 2016 Shanghai Masters, Bautista Agut made it all the way to his first masters 1000 final, defeating Bernard Tomic, who had to retire because of abdominal pain,[13] qualifier Taylor Fritz, Viktor Troicki, 2015 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals, and top seed and defending champion Novak Djoković in the semifinals. This is the first time he had defeated a world no.1 and the first time he had beaten Djoković in his career. In the final, he lost to Andy Murray in straight sets.

Bautista Agut finished 2016 ranked number 14 in the world.


Agut began his 2017 season in Chennai where he made it all the way to the final. In the final, Agut took on Russian, Daniil Medvedev. Agut went on to beat his opponent in straight sets, securing his fifth career title.

Career Statistics[edit]

Head-to-head statistics[edit]

Head-to-head record against top 20 players[edit]

Agut's win-loss record (32–59, 35%) against players who were ranked world no. 20 or higher at the time is as follows:

*Statistics correct as of 11 February 2017.

Wins over top 10 players[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score RBA
1. Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych 6 Chennai Open, Chennai, India Hard QF 7–5, 2–6, 6–3 80
2. Argentina Juan Martín del Potro 5 Australian Open, Melbourne, Australia Hard 2R 4–6, 6–3, 5–7, 6–4, 7–5 62
3. Czech Republic Tomáš Berdych 5 Indian Wells Masters, Indian Wells, United States Hard 2R 4–6, 6–2, 6–4 53
4. France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 10 ASB Classic, Auckland, New Zealand Hard SF 3–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–4 25
5. France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 9 Miami Open, Miami, United States Hard 3R 2–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–3) 18
6. Serbia Novak Djoković 1 Shanghai Masters, Shanghai, China Hard SF 6−4, 6−4 19

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 11 (5 titles, 6 runners-up)[edit]

Grand Slam Tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–1)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (5–5)
Titles by surface
Hard (3–6)
Clay (1–0)
Grass (1–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 6 January 2013 Chennai Open, Chennai, India Hard Serbia Janko Tipsarević 6–3, 1–6, 3–6
Winner 1. 21 June 2014 Topshelf Open, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands Grass Germany Benjamin Becker 2–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–4
Winner 2. 13 July 2014 MercedesCup, Stuttgart, Germany Clay Czech Republic Lukáš Rosol 6–3, 4–6, 6–2
Runner-up 2. 19 October 2014 Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia Hard (i) Croatia Marin Čilić 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 25 October 2015 Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia Hard (i) Croatia Marin Čilić 4–6, 4–6
Runner-up 4. 1 November 2015 Valencia Open, Valencia, Spain Hard (i) Portugal João Sousa 6–3, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 3. 16 January 2016 ASB Classic, Auckland, New Zealand Hard United States Jack Sock 6–1, 1–0 Ret.
Winner 4. 7 February 2016 Sofia Open, Sofia, Bulgaria Hard (i) Serbia Viktor Troicki 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 5. 27 August 2016 Winston-Salem Open, Winston-Salem, USA Hard Spain Pablo Carreno Busta 7–6(8–6), 6–7(1–7), 4–6
Runner-up 6. 16 October 2016 Shanghai Masters, Shanghai, China Hard United Kingdom Andy Murray 6−7(1−7), 1−6
Winner 5. 8 January 2017 Chennai Open, Chennai, India Hard Russia Daniil Medvedev 6–3, 6–4

Challenger and Futures finals[edit]

Singles: 19 (12–7)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Challengers (3–2)
Futures (9–5)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Winner 1. 1 July 2007 Spain F24 Clay Spain Pedro Clar-Rosselló 7–5, 6–3
Winner 2. 5 August 2007 Spain F29 Clay Spain Pedro Clar-Rosselló 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 1. 12 August 2007 Spain F30 Hard Germany Tony Holzinger 6–1, 4–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2. 20 July 2008 Spain F27 Hard Spain Iñigo Cervantes Huegun 6–4, 5–7, 1–6
Winner 3. 3 August 2008 Spain F29 Clay Spain Gerard Granollers 6–4, 6–4
Winner 4. 28 September 2008 Spain F36 Hard United Kingdom James Ward 3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 5. 5 October 2008 Spain F37 Hard France Jean-Noël Insausti 6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–4
Runner-up 3. 15 March 2009 Spain F9 Clay Spain Albert Ramos 4–6, 4–6
Winner 6. 22 March 2009 Spain F10 Clay Spain Marc Fornell-Mestres 6–4, 6–4
Runner-up 4. 7 June 2009 Spain F19 Clay Spain José Checa-Calvo 1–6, 4–6
Winner 7. 27 September 2009 Spain F32 Hard Netherlands Thomas Schoorel 6–4, 6–3
Runner-up 5. 4 October 2009 Spain F33 Hard Belarus Uladzimir Ignatik 1–6, 6–3, 6–7(3–7)
Winner 8. 31 January 2010 Spain F3 Hard Spain Sergio Gutiérrez-Ferrol 7–5, 6–2
Winner 9. 14 March 2010 Great Britain F3 Hard (i) United Kingdom Daniel Smethurst 7–5, 6–4
Runner-up 6. 11 July 2010 Pozoblanco Challenger, Spain Hard Spain Rubén Ramírez Hidalgo 6–7 (6–8), 4–6
Runner-up 7. 29 May 2011 Alessandria Challenger, Italy Clay Spain Pablo Carreño-Busta 6–3, 3–6, 5–7
Winner 10. 22 April 2012 Rome Challenger, Italy Clay Portugal Rui Machado 6–7 (7–9), 6–4, 6–3
Winner 11. 29 July 2012 Orbetello Challenger, Italy Clay Serbia Dušan Lajović 6–3, 6–1
Winner 12. 12 August 2012 Pozoblanco Challenger, Spain Hard Spain Arnau Brugués-Davi 6–3, 6–4

Singles performance timeline[edit]

Bautista Agut at 2013 Valencia Open 500.
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open Q3 Q1 1R 2R 4R 2R 4R 4R 11–6
French Open Q2 Q2 Q1 2R 3R 2R 4R 4R 10–5
Wimbledon Q2 Q3 Q3 2R 3R 4R 3R 7–4
US Open A Q1 Q3 2R 4R 4R 3R 9–4
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–1 4–4 10–4 8–4 9–4 6–2 37–19
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A Q1 1R 4R 3R 3R 3R 5–4
Miami Masters A A 2R 1R 3R 2R 4R 4R 7–6
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A 2R 2R 3R 3R 2R 7–5
Madrid Masters A Q1 Q2 A SF 3R 3R 1R 8–4
Rome Masters A A A A 1R 2R 2R 3R 4–4
Canada Masters A A A A 1R 2R A 1–2
Cincinnati Masters A A A A 2R 2R 1R 2–3
Shanghai Masters A A A Q1 3R 2R F 8–3
Paris Masters Q1 A 1R Q2 3R 2R 2R 2–4
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–3 14–9 10–9 12–8 6–4 47–36
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–2 2–2 1–0 5–6
Year End Ranking 170 178 80 58 15 25 14

Personal life[edit]

Roberto's nickname is “Bati”. His father, Joaquín, 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.

Beyond tennis, he enjoys horseback riding (he owns two horses) and playing various sports, mainly 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.


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Preceded by
Spain Pablo Carreño Busta
ATP Most Improved Player
Succeeded by
South Korea Chung Hyeon