Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Carreno Busta paired two very different paths to victory to secure Spain’s victory over Chile on day one of the ATP Cup in Sydney.
After seeing Carreno Busta twice need to dig deep holes in the No.2 single against Alejandro Tabilo, RBA, 33, had none of that himself as he got off to an explosive start against Cristian Garin .
The world No.19 won nine of the match’s opening 10 games, serving a bagel to No.17 Garin in the opening set with depth and shooting accuracy. Garin fell back for 2-3 in the second set but was immediately helpful, and Bautista Agut soon after closed their victory 6-0, 6-3.
“Today was a good start for me. I played very solid and I am very happy to have won the victory, ”said Bautista Agut. “I like the conditions and this terrain. Sydney is a big city, so it’s great to start the year playing the ATP Cup.
Bautista Agut’s impressive returns anchored his victory by taking 44% of first serve returns and 65% of second serve returns. He was also effective in converting five of the seven break point opportunities.
With an 8-2 ATP Cup record – including a perfect 6-0 score as Spain’s No.2 player in 2020 – Bautista Agut is one of the most successful players in the history of the tournament.
Pablo Carreno Busta is Spain’s second singles player at the 2022 ATP Cup. “/>
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In the first game of the encounter, Carreno Busta rallied on slow starts in straight sets against Tabilo to give Spain a 1-0 lead. The former Top 10 Spaniard used his experience to rally 0-3 in both sets to secure a 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over world no.139 southpaw Tabilo, who did disputed only six tours last year. level matches (record 2-4).
“It was very difficult at the start of the game because he was playing amazingly,” said Carreno Busta. “I was fighting all the time … and I ended up playing a lot better than I did when I started.”
Carreno Busta, 30, who beat Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev en route to bronze at the Olympic Games in Tokyo last year, today claimed his 231st career victory. This contrasts sharply with the five victories for Tabilo, 24, at the circuit level.
The ATP Cup format sees No.2 singles played first, followed by No.1 singles and doubles.