The tennis player from Castellón Roberto Bautista granted Spain the first point at the end of the ATP Cup, which is being played this Sunday in Sydney (Australia), after winning by 7-5 and 6-1 Serbian Dusan Lajovic.
On the track of the Ken Rosewall Arena, inside the Sydney Olympic Park, Bautista took the victory after a duel of 1 hour and 38 minutes. Thus, the number 10 in the world ranking put the Spanish team close to the title, in the absence of Rafael Nadal facing Novak Djokovic.
Lajovic, with the support of the stands, He showed his best version on the inaugural set. He was able to overcome a bad start, where the right-wing blows made by his rival were devastating. Bautista placed 2-0 and 40-0 up, when then his opponent woke up to save a very dangerous ball from the bottom of the track.
Despite finally giving up that game (3-0), the Balkan had already entered the job. And he showed it by assigning his subsequent service blank, scoring with difficulty his next serve and breaking in half the Baptist serve (3-3).
Having saved two break opportunities, Lajovic did not want the first meeting of the grand final to escape so quickly. He even came out unharmed from a 4-3 down and 30-40 with his duty shift, which maintained equality and led the set to sudden death.
The Serbian, overwhelmed
Nevertheless, the Spaniard pressed the accelerator in the twelfth game and he took advantage of his first option to break when he went 15-40, to certify 7-5 and start the second round with confidence. And there came the fuel of the Serbian, who was overwhelmed immediately.
Baptist signed up blank his first two turns to serve, breaking another two of his adversary and thereby achieving a broad 4-0 lead. Desperately, Lajovic connected a pair of accurate drives and consumed a break that extended an exchange of balls with obvious Spanish color.
The Castellón de la Plana continued with his versatility on the court and broke again (5-1), consolidating such a situation to put the final 6-1 and track what would be a new success of Spanish tennis. If Nadal bends Djokovic, he would seal the double under the Davis cup conquered at the end of last November.