Roberto Bautista Agut through to Wimbledon semi-final after beating Guido Pella
Roberto Bautista Agut has reached his first Grand Slam semi-final after beating Guido Pella at Wimbledon.
The Spaniard will play world number one Novak Djokovic on Friday, who beat David Goffin in straight sets.
For Bautista Agut, a wonderful Wimbledon campaign has continued a terrific season after reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open. Guido Pella, a clay-court specialist, played his part in the match too but eventually fell 7-5 6-4 3-6 6-3.
The opener started perfectly for Bautista Agut who took a 2-0 lead. That lead could have been extended too, but Pella saved three break points in the fifth game.
A crucial game pulled Pella back into the match. After five deuces, and at his sixth break point, Pella levelled at 4-4.
Another lengthy game saw Pella save four break points to lead for the first time but the Argentine then needed the trainer to treat a finger injury.
That seemed to have a huge effect on Pella at a crucial time. Bautista Agut held to love to bring the score to 5-5 and then broke his opponent before another love game sealed the set.
Pella’s injury continued to have an effect into the second set and he was broken immediately. Bautista Agut did need to save a break point at 2-1 up but it was plain sailing on serve throughout the rest of the set to double his lead.
The world number 26 improved in the third set and took a 3-0 lead. He had two chances to take the set at 5-2 but both set points were saved before he sealed the set with his next service game.
Bautista Agut completed the victory in the fourth set by taking three successive games to lead 4-1 before holding his final two service games to book his place in the semi-final.