The world’s top long-runner books the last semifinal ticket
16.10.2020|10:25 p.m.|by Maximilian Bohne
The last semi-finalist of the bett1HULKS in Cologne has been determined. Roberto Bautista Agut beat Hubert Hurkacz 7: 6 (4), 5: 7, 6: 0 in the last match of the day.
Solid baseline game vs. Variable offensive game
The last quarter-finals in Cologne’s Lanxess-Arena once again promised a sporty treat. Number two on the seeding list against number six, the 13th in the world against 31. And in fact, the two players, who are so different in their playing style, produced respectable tennis. Bautista Agut showed the usual safe “ball wall performance”, while Hurkacz tried with numerous stops and net attacks to throw his opponent out of the rhythm. At the beginning the Pole made too many mistakes. After six breakballs from the first two service games, Kurkacz had to give up his service to make it 1: 2 for the first time.
As a result, the 23-year-old found his game better and better, but a highly concentrated Bautista Agut often found good answers. At 5: 4 Hurkacz put his foot in the door again and earned the rebreak with a soulful stop and a good overview. In the tie-break, a double mistake by Poland brought the only mini-break and so the first set went 7: 6 (4) to the world number 13.
RBA with match point, then “Hubi” gets going
In the second round, too, the players delivered a high-class encounter with rallies worth seeing. Without one being able to gain a notable lead, both worked their way head to head through the sentence. Hurkacz, who himself didn’t allow anything at serve for a long time, scratched the break a few times, but the RBA remained stable and fended off all possibilities. As if from nowhere, he then earned the first breakball of the set at 5: 4, which was synonymous with match point. With a strong serve, the Pole pulled his head out of the loop and grabbed the decisive break to 6: 5 in the following 15-minute endless service game. After almost two hours of play, Hurkacz put everything back to the beginning with an ace.
The answer was not long in coming: With a quick break, the Spaniard had a three-game lead for the first time in the match. Two other close service games also went to Bautista Agut – 5-0. That decided the game and after 2:29 hours, the 32-year-old turned his first match point.
Smash in the semi-finals: Auger-Aliassime is waiting
In the semifinals, Bautista Agut will face Felix Auger-Aliassime on Saturday. The number three seeding list prevailed comfortably 6: 3, 6: 0 against Radu Albot.
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