Bautista joins Santana, Gimeno, Orantes and Nadal as the only Spanish semi-finalists in Wimbledon
Impressive feat of Roberto Bautista, who has clearly beaten Argentine Guido Pella in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon and has become the fifth Spanish tennis player in history to access the semi-finals of this Grand Slam. The player of Castellón, in his fifth consecutive victory in the tournament, has surprised again with his splendid adaptation to the grass and has beaten the lefty of Bahía Blanca, who is the first player to take a set from him at the tournament, 7 -5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Bautista showed his best tennis again in the first two sets, the same tennis that got him to this stage of the tournament. It seemed that he would not have problems with Pella, who he had defeated in his previous two matches, but the Argentine found a way to react in style and took the third set with very few errors.
In the fourth set, the Spanish tennis player has returned to find the sensations of his explosive forehand which gave him winners that provided him with a decisive break in the fourth game that his opponent could not neutralize.
In his first Grand Slam semi-final, something that will make him go back to the Top 15 next Monday, the disciple of Pepe Vendrell will now face world No. 1, Novak Djokovic, a player who has curiously beaten twice in 2019, the first time in Doha, on his way to his only title this season, and the second in Miami, both on hard court.
Although Bautista barely had 10 wins in his entire career on the less favourable surface to Spanish tennis players, in the last fortnight he has proved that his characteristics can also lead him to succeed on grass. In his last and recent tournament, Halle he won two games and advanced to the quarterfinals, where he played a tough clash with Roger Federer that made the Swiss highlight his tennis in the press room. And in this Wimbledon he has already won five matches and one of them was against another top-10, Karen Khachanov.
Before Bautista, only Manuel Santana, Andres Gimeno, Manolo Orantes and Rafael Nadal had been able to savour the pleasure of playing the semi-finals on the Center Court of the All England Club. Santana disputed two, one against Fred Stolle in 1963 and the one of his final victory in 1966; Gimeno one, against John Newcombe, in 1970; Orantes also played one, against Ilie Nastase, in 1973, and Nadal has already six, of which he only lost last year against Djokovic.