At the beginning of the season, Roberto Bautista Agut had never reached the quarterfinals in a Grand Slam tournament. Now, however, the Spaniard will have the opportunity to reach his second quarter-final of the year after defeating Karen Khachanov, seeded No. 10, 6-3, 7-6 (3) and 6-1 the third round of Wimbledon this Friday.
Roberto Bautista Agut has proved to be a difficult opponent for Khachanov in the Grand Slams this year, as he defeated him in straight sets in Melbourne and also London. The 31-year-old, nine-time ATP Tour champion, proved too solid for the Russian, committing only 11 unforced errors in the match, while also achieving 28 winners. Khachanov reached the same number of winners, but committed 14 unforced errors in his match of one hour and 53 minutes.
In the next round, the Spaniard will face Benoit Paire, who beat Jiri Vesely in the third round by a score of 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3 and 7-6 (2) in two hours. and 45 minutes of game on the track18. Paire, seeded No. 28, hit 78 winners, including 19 aces.
Paire, 30, who advanced to the fourth round of a Grand Slam championship for the fourth time (also at Wimbledon 2017), lifted two ATP Tour trophies in 2019 in Marrakech (see Andújar) and Lyon (v. Auger-Aliassime).
Bautista Agut has won the six previous FedEx ATP Head2Head matches against Paire. One of those two battles took place at Wimbledon in 2015, when Bautista Agut overcame a two-set deficit against the Frenchman to advance after two hours and 37 minutes.
There will be a lot at stake for both rivals, as they seek the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, nothing more and nothing less.