RBA spoils tired Misolic’s party

SPANISH veteran Roberto Bautista Agut has played the role of party pooper, defeating a gallant Filip Misolic 6-2 6-2 in the Generali Open final. The home nation wildcard Misolic had to overcome German Yannick Hanfmann earlier in the day in two hours and 25 minutes, securing a 6-2 2-6 7-6 victory. That took a lot out of the Austrian, with Bautista Agut coming out a comfortable winner in the 92-minute final in Kitzbuhel.

Bautista Agut was consistent all game, winning 69 and 67 per cent of his first and second serve points off a 68 per cent clip, as Misolic struggled with just 52 and 47 per cent success rates off a 44 per cent serving efficiency. The Spaniard also saved all three break points he faced, and broke four times from nine chances off the Austrian’s serve to ensure a comfortable victory, and his 11th career title. Though the 20-year-old Austrian fell short of a remarkable tournament on debut, he could be pleased with his run to the final.

“I enjoyed the final, I think I managed the pressure very well,” Bautista Agut said post-match. “I knew I was a little bit the favourite today, but he had so many good wins this tournament and I knew it was going to be difficult. I played a very good match.”

The ATP 250 final was the only one completed on the day, with a massive four more planned overnight – two on the ATP Tour and two on the WTA Tour in what should provide plenty of entertainment for tennis fans. The most anticipated clash will come in Umag where the two brightest young stars will face off in the final. Top seed Carlos Alcaraz had to battle past a determined Giulio Zeppieri, with the Italian qualifier taking Alcaraz to three sets before the Spaniard won 7-5 4-6 6-3. Second seed Italian Jannik Sinner booked his place in the final but had a much easier semi, defeating another Italian qualifier, Franco Agamenone, 6-1 6-3.

Over in Atlanta, Australian Alex de Minaur will battle it out with American Jenson Brooksby for the ATP 250 title at the Atlanta Open. In the semi-finals, third seed de Minaur fought past Belarusian Ilya Ivashka in a come-from-behind win 5-7 6-2 6-2, while sixth seed Brooksby had an easier time against fourth seed compatriot Frances Tiafoe, 6-1 6-4.

On the women’s Tour, fifth seed Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia backed up her upset win over top seed Iga Swiatek to post a 6-1 6-2 victory over Italian 10th seed Jasmine Paolini. Garcia will take on Romanian Ana Bogdan for the Poland Open title. In the other WTA Tour event, eighth seed Marie Bouzkova ended the run of her compatriot and wildcard Linda Noskova in straight sets 7-6 6-3, and will now take on Russian Anastasia Potapova who destroyed Chinese qualifier Qiang Wang, 6-3 6-0.


Atlanta – ATP 250 | Hard


[3] Alex de Minaur (AUS) defeated Ilya Ivashka (BLR) 5-7 6-2 6-2
[6] Jenson Brooksby (USA) defeated [4] Frances Tiafoe (USA) 6-1 6-4

Kitzbuhel – ATP 250 | Clay


[3] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) defeated [WC] Filip Misolic (AUT) 6-2 6-2

Umag – ATP 250 | Clay


[1] Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) defeated [Q] Giulio Zeppieri (ITA) 7-5 4-6 6-3
[2] Jannik Sinner (ITA) defeated [Q] Franco Agamenone (ITA) 6-1 6-3

Prague – WTA 250 | Hard


[7] Anastasia Potapova (RUS) defeated [Q] Qiang Wang (CHN) 6-3 6-0
[8] Marie Bouzkova (CZE) defeated [WC] Linda Noskova (CZE) 7-6 6-3

Warsaw – WTA 250 | Clay


[5] Caroline Garcia (FRA) defeated [10] Jasmine Paolini (ITA) 6-1 6-2
Ana Bogdan (ROU) defeated [LL] Kateryna Baindl (UKR) 7-5 7-5

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