Roberto Bautista AgutCountry (sports) SpainResidenceCastellón de la Plana, SpainBorn (1988-04-14) 14 April 1988 (age 30)
Roberto Bautista Agut (Spanish pronunciation: ;[a] born 14 April 1988) is a Spanish professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 24 in men's singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
Agut has won nine ATP singles titles (9–7 in finals), the biggest being the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Championship, an ATP 500 tournament. His biggest final to date was the 2016 Shanghai Masters, where he lost to Andy Murray. Bautista Agut 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.Contents
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 2006.2009–2012 Pro tour highlights
In 2009, Bautista Agut qualified for the ATP 500 Tournament in Valencia, where he lost against Albert Montañés in the first round.
Bautista Agut qualified for his first Grand Slam appearance in the 2012 Australian Open. He went on to lose in the first round to Ricardo Mello in straight sets. On 13 August 2012, Bautista Agut broke into the top 100 for the first time after strong performances in challenger tournaments. He reached his first ATP-level quarterfinal at St. Petersburg later that year, losing to Fabio Fognini.2013: First professional final At the 2013 Wimbledon Championships
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.
Bautista Agut then followed his maiden career final with his career best Grand Slam performance at the 2013 Australian Open. After defeating Fabio Fognini in a first round five-setter, Agut wasn't able to get the better of Jürgen Melzer in the following round.
In the second major of the year, Bautista Agut created more history after a second round performance meant that he had a achieved a new career best performance after failing to even qualify at the main event for three consecutive occasions. Agut's tournament ended to local, Jérémy Chardy.
At the Topshelf Open, Agut went through to the quarterfinals, before losing to Xavier Malisse.
At the third Slam event of the year, Bautista Agut went on to make another second round appearance after defeating Russian qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili in the first round. However, Agut was unable to cope with the challenge of taking on his childhood idol, David Ferrer in the second round, losing in four sets.
Immediately after Wimbledon, Bautista Agut took part in the MercedesCup in Stuttgart. Agut made it all the way to the semi-final where he lost to eventual champion Fabio Fognini.
On 15 July, Bautista Agut broke the top 50 for the first time. One week later, his ranking improved by one placing which gave him his career best placing of 48.
In the fourth and final Slam of the year, Agut ensured another best performance, and another second round finish. After beating Brazilian, Thomaz Bellucci, in the first round, Agut would yet again face Ferrer in the second, where yet again Bautista would lose in four sets.
Bautista Agut would go on to finish his year with another quarter-final appearance at the St. Petersburg Open, with eventual champion, Ernests Gulbis, preventing the Spaniard any chance from advancing further in the tournament.
At the conclusion of the 2013 season, Bautista Agut finished inside the top-60 with a rank of 58.2014: Career breakthrough: First two titles and world No. 14 ranking
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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
After his outstanding season, Agut won the ATP's Most Improved Player award.
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
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. 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.
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
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, 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.2017: Another two 250 titles
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.
At the Wimbledon Championships, Agut was the 18th seed. Agut went on to beat Andreas Haider-Maurer, and Peter Gojowczyk, on his way to a third round meeting with ninth seed Kei Nishikori. Agut went on to create an upset, claiming his seventh top-10 scalp of his career, and beating Nishikori for the first ever time. However, Agut wasn't able to create back to back top-10 victories, after succumbing to a straight-sets defeat to Marin Čilić in the fourth round to equal his best tournament result of 2015.
In the 2017 Rogers Cup, Agut demonstrated his best Masters 1000 performance for the year. Agut overcame two American players in the opening rounds before taking on Frenchman Gaël Monfils in the third round. After losing the first set, Agut was able to secure an unlikely victory, securing his first win over the Frenchman in three tight sets. Agut however then was unable to break his winless drought against the Swiss maestro, Roger Federer, in the quarter-finals, losing in straight-sets.
A couple of weeks later, Agut took part in the Winston-Salem Open. Agut won all of his matches, without dropping a set, to win his second 250 title of the year, and sixth of his career.
Bautista Agut finished the year ranked number 20 in the world.2018: Champion in Dubai
In Roberto's second tournament of the year, Agut made it all the way to his 13th final appearance. In the final, Agut took on second seed Juan Martín del Potro, who had yet to drop a set in the tournament. Agut went on to beat his opponent in three sets, clinching his second Auckland title, and ending a three-match losing streak over the tall Argentine.
Bautista Agut would lose in the first round of the 2018 Australian Open, meaning that his streak of 10 consecutive third round appearances in majors came to an end. It was also his first loss in the opening round of a major since the end of the 2012 season, marking 20 consecutive majors where he won his opening match.
In March he went on to win his biggest title yet in the ATP 500 tournament in Dubai, losing only one set along the way and beating in-form Frenchman Lucas Pouille in the final. Agut also became the first player, outside the top-10, to win the event since Fabrice Santoro in 2002.2019: Australian Open QF & return to top 20
For the fourth consecutive year, Agut began the new season in style after adding yet another 250 title to his collection. On the voyage to his maiden Qatar Open title, Agut went on to scalp major names such as former top 10 star Stan Wawrinka and reigning world no.1 Novak Djoković, en route to the final where he beat former number 4 Tomáš Berdych. At the Australian Open he defeated former world no.1 Andy Murray in five sets, US Open quarter finalist John Millman in five, and recent masters champion Karen Khachanov in straight sets. In the fourth round he booked his first major quarterfinal appearance defeating world no.7 Marin Čilić in five sets.Playing style
Agut is a counterpuncher with a decent all-around game. He is able to play offensively with his forehand but thrives off his defensive ability with his consistency and quickness around the court. He has a clean flatter strike on both sides and his game is better suited for hard courts (as compared to many of his Spanish compatriots). On the forehand, which is by far his primary weapon, he uses close to an eastern which allows him a flatter hit (instead of the whipping spin hit by Nadal). His backhand is easily the weaker wing and the side opponents look to target. His serve lacks pace but can create decent angles and slice.Personal life
Roberto's nickname is “Bati”. His father, Joaquín, is a former football player and a current banker; mother, Ester, who passed away unexpectedly in May 2018, owned a clothing store in Castellón de la Plana. 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 seven 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.ATP career finals Singles: 16 (9 titles, 7 runners-up) Legend Grand Slam tournaments (0–0) ATP World Tour Finals (0–0) ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–1) ATP World Tour 500 Series (1–0) ATP World Tour 250 Series (8–6) Titles by surface Hard (7–6) Clay (1–1) Grass (1–0) Titles by setting Outdoor (8–4) Indoor (1–3) Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score Loss 0–1 Jan 2013 Chennai Open, India 250 Series Hard Janko Tipsarević 6–3, 1–6, 3–6 Win 1–1 Jun 2014 Rosmalen Championships, Netherlands 250 Series Grass Benjamin Becker 2–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–4 Win 2–1 Jul 2014 Stuttgart Open, Germany 250 Series Clay Lukáš Rosol 6–3, 4–6, 6–2 Loss 2–2 Oct 2014 Kremlin Cup, Russia 250 Series Hard (i) Marin Čilić 4–6, 4–6 Loss 2–3 Oct 2015 Kremlin Cup, Russia 250 Series Hard (i) Marin Čilić 4–6, 4–6 Loss 2–4 Nov 2015 Valencia Open, Spain 250 Series Hard (i) João Sousa 6–3, 3–6, 4–6 Win 3–4 Jan 2016 Auckland Open, New Zealand 250 Series Hard Jack Sock 6–1, 1–0 ret. Win 4–4 Feb 2016 Sofia Open, Bulgaria 250 Series Hard (i) Viktor Troicki 6–3, 6–4 Loss 4–5 Aug 2016 Winston-Salem Open, US 250 Series Hard Pablo Carreño Busta 7–6(8–6), 6–7(1–7), 4–6 Loss 4–6 Oct 2016 Shanghai Masters, China Masters 1000 Hard Andy Murray 6–7(1–7), 1–6 Win 5–6 Jan 2017 Chennai Open, India 250 Series Hard Daniil Medvedev 6–3, 6–4 Win 6–6 Aug 2017 Winston-Salem Open, US 250 Series Hard Damir Džumhur 6–4, 6–4 Win 7–6 Jan 2018 Auckland Open, New Zealand 250 Series Hard Juan Martín del Potro 6–1, 4–6, 7–5 Win 8–6 Mar 2018 Dubai Tennis Championships, UAE 500 Series Hard Lucas Pouille 6–3, 6–4 Loss 8–7 Jul 2018 Swiss Open, Switzerland 250 Series Clay Matteo Berrettini 6–7(9–11), 4–6 Win 9–7 Jan 2019 Qatar Open, Qatar 250 Series Hard Tomáš Berdych 6–4, 3–6, 6–3 Challenger and Futures finals Singles: 20 (13–7) Legend (Singles) ATP Challenger Tour (3–2) ITF Futures Tour (10–5) Titles by Surface Hard (7–4) Clay (6–3) Grass (0–0) Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score Win 1–0 Jun 2007 Spain F24, Málaga Futures Clay Pedro Clar-Rosselló 7–5, 6–3 Win 2–0 Aug 2007 Spain F29, Xàtiva Futures Clay Pedro Clar-Rosselló 6–3, 6–4 Loss 2–1 Aug 2007 Spain F30, Bakio Futures Hard Tony Holzinger 6–1, 4–6, 2–6 Loss 2–2 Jul 2008 Spain F27, Gandia Futures Clay Íñigo Cervantes 6–4, 5–7, 1–6 Win 3–2 Aug 2008 Spain F29, Xàtiva Futures Clay Gerard Granollers 6–4, 6–4 Win 4–2 Sep 2008 Spain F36, Martos Futures Hard James Ward 3–6, 6–3, 6–2 Win 5–2 Oct 2008 Spain F37, Cordoba Futures Hard Jean-Noël Insausti 6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–4 Loss 5–3 Mar 2009 Spain F9, Badalona Futures Clay Albert Ramos Viñolas 4–6, 4–6 Win 6–3 Mar 2009 Spain F10, Castelldefels Futures Clay Marc Fornell Mestres 6–4, 6–4 Loss 6–4 Jun 2009 Spain F19, Lanzarote Futures Hard José Checa-Calvo 1–6, 4–6 Win 7–4 Sep 2009 Spain F32, Madrid Futures Hard Thomas Schoorel 6–4, 6–3 Loss 7–5 Oct 2009 Spain F33, Martos Futures Hard Uladzimir Ignatik 1–6, 6–3, 6–7(3–7) Win 8–5 Jan 2010 Spain F3, Murcia Futures Hard Sergio Gutiérrez Ferrol 7–5, 6–2 Win 9–5 Mar 2010 Great Britain F3, Tipton Futures Hard (i) Daniel Smethurst 7–5, 6–4 Loss 9–6 Jul 2010 Pozoblanco, Spain Challenger Hard Rubén Ramírez Hidalgo 6–7(6–8), 4–6 Win 10–6 Sep 2010 Spain F33, Móstoles Futures Hard Philip Bester 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 6–2 Loss 10–7 May 2011 Alessandria, Italy Challenger Clay Pablo Carreño Busta 6–3, 3–6, 5–7 Win 11–7 Apr 2012 Rome, Italy Challenger Clay Rui Machado 6–7(7–9), 6–4, 6–3 Win 12–7 Jul 2012 Orbetello, Italy Challenger Clay Dušan Lajović 6–3, 6–1 Win 13–7 Aug 2012 Pozoblanco, Spain Challenger Hard Arnau Brugués Davi 6–3, 6–4 Doubles: 2 (0–2) Legend (Doubles) ATP Challenger Tour (0–1) ITF Futures Tour (0–1) Titles by Surface Hard (0–0) Clay (0–2) Grass (0–0) Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score Loss 0–1 Mar 2009 Spain F8, Sabadell Futures Clay Cedrik-Marcel Stebe Sergio Gutiérrez Ferrol
Current through the 2019 Australian Open.Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L Win % Grand Slam Tournaments Australian Open A Q3 Q1 1R 2R 4R 2R 4R 4R 1R QF 0 / 8 15–8 65% French Open A Q2 Q2 Q1 2R 3R 2R 4R 4R 3R 0 / 6 12–6 67% Wimbledon A Q2 Q3 Q3 2R 3R 4R 3R 4R A 0 / 5 10–5 67% US Open A A Q1 Q3 2R 4R 4R 3R 3R 1R 0 / 6 11–6 65% Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 4–4 10–4 8–4 9–4 11–4 2–3 4–1 0 / 25 48–25 66% ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells Masters A A A Q1 1R 4R 3R 3R 3R 3R 0 / 6 6–5 55% Miami Masters A A A 2R 1R 3R 2R 4R 4R 2R 0 / 7 7–7 50% Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A 2R 2R 3R 3R 2R 3R 0 / 6 9–6 60% Madrid Masters A A Q1 Q2 A SF 3R 3R 1R 2R 0 / 5 9–5 64% Rome Masters A A A A A 1R 2R 2R 3R A 0 / 4 4–4 50% Canada Masters A A A A A 1R 2R A QF A 0 / 3 4–3 57% Cincinnati Masters A A A A A 2R 2R 1R 1R A 0 / 4 2–4 33% Shanghai Masters A A A A Q1 3R 2R F 1R 3R 0 / 5 10–5 67% Paris Masters A Q1 A 1R Q2 3R 2R 2R 3R 2R 0 / 6 4–6 40% Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–3 14–9 10–9 12–8 10–9 7–6 0–0 0 / 46 55–45 55% Career statistics 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L Win % Tournaments 1 1 0 10 22 23 29 25 24 20 2 157 Titles–Finals 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 2–1 0–2 2–2 2–0 2–1 1–1 9–8 Overall Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 0–0 3–10 26–22 45–23 42–29 48–23 48–21 33–20 9–1 0 / 157 254–151 63% Win % 0% 0% 0% 23% 54% 66% 59% 68% 70% 62% 90% 62.72% Year End Ranking 281 170 178 80 58 15 25 14 20 24 Record against other players
Agut's match record against those who have been ranked in the top 10, with those who have been No. 1 in boldface