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Bautista Agut beats Medvedev in Mallorca


Top-ranked Daniil Medvedev will remain without a title on grass this season after a straight-set loss to Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarter-finals of the Mallorca Championships.

Medvedev lost 6-3 6-2 after entering Thursday’s match with an 8-2 record on the surface for the year, with his only losses coming in consecutive finals in Germany and the Netherlands.

Medvedev, who will not be allowed to play at Wimbledon because of the ban on Russians over the war in Ukraine, came from a set down to get past Aslan Karatsev in the round of 16 on Wednesday.

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But he only eked out one break opportunity against the 20th-ranked Bautista Agut, who advanced without having to play in the last 16 because Nick Kyrgios withdrew with an abdominal injury.

Second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas had cruised into the quarter-finals but needed three sets against American Marcos Giron to make it to the last four. His 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-3 victory came in more than two-and-a-half hours.

“It was a lot of work today. It was not easy,” Tsitsipas said.

“I had to deal with the heat, had to deal with my opponent playing great. It was a big physical effort. I had the fighting spirit.”

The sixth-ranked Greek, who leads the tour with 38 wins this season, will next face Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi, who defeated Germany’s Daniel Altmaier 6-3 6-4.

Source: 7News