Such a brilliant contest between Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut and American Taylor Fritz in R3 of the 2022 Australian Open at Kia Arena, Fritz had an easy start before Bautista Agut began to catch up with the next two sets that puts him a games away towards the finish. However, this tie isn’t over after all when Fritz went on to level 2-2 lead through the 5th set decider & blew Bautista Agut away with the win.
Final Score: 0-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 3-6
Bautista Agut disappointed to leave early from the main draw, having not made it past the third round since 2019 when he last played in the Final 8 back then. He battled so hard after an uneasy opening set run & almost pulled off a stunning comeback with a 2-1 lead in set No.4, he was just unable to stop Fritz’s 2nd half rebound that went on and on until the Spaniard eventually ran out of ideas in the end after match point.
And Fritz played amazing tennis where he fired off well with a quick and easy opening set lead, now he may have been inconsistent a couple of times as it almost put Fritz on the brink of elimination but the American improved his 2nd half momentum when it comes to the executions and that helped play a big part of his comeback today.
We’ll see if Fritz can knock down another higher seed player in the 4th Round on Monday for a spot in the Final 8, this time it’s coming from the Top 5 in Greek Stefanos Tsitipas, who was a semi-finalist here last year.