Despite a late twist, Roberto Bautista Agut marched on at the Generali Open in Kitzbühel with a 6-3, 7-6(3) semi-final victory against fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas on Friday afternoon.
The third seed appeared to be cruising to his third ATP Tour final of the season when leading Ramos-Vinolas 6-3, 5-2 with a double break advantage in the second set. Despite letting slip three match points at 5-4 as Ramos-Vinolas roared back into the match with some aggressive baseline striking, Bautista Agut regained his composure to convert his first match point of the second-set tie-break for a two-hour, four-minute win
“It was a really tough end,” said Bautista Agut after the match. “I served two times for the match but unfortunately, I could not win. At 5-4 I had three match points and he played very well, so I’m very happy about this tough win on this surface.”
With the win, Bautista Agut reached his first ATP Tour final on clay since he fell to Matteo Berrettini in the 2018 championship match in Gstaad. The Spaniard is chasing his second title of the season after he clinched his 10th tour-level crown in Doha in February.
Bautista Agut’s championship match opponent will be Yannick Hanfmann or home wild card Filip Misolic. Their semi-final later on Friday will be #NextGenATP Misolic’s second match of the day, after the 20-year-old saw off Dusan Lajovic 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 in a quarter-final clash delayed from Thursday due to rain.