The recent triumph of Roberto Bautista at the Doha tournament, which included a victory over Novak Djokovic in the semifinals, and the great result at Australian Open (quarterfinals) were the best news in the biography of the player from Castellón after facing tremendous challenges in 2018 both personally (death of his mother, Esther) and professionally (injuries in the groin and abdomen that forced him to miss Wimbledon for the first time and three Masters 1,000 tournaments).
But the arrival of the month of January, when the Spanish tennis player seems to find his best physical condition, has made wonders and his triumph in Doha brings him back to the fore. He had fallen to 24th place in the ATP ranking (he had occupied the 13th place) and had not won a title for 10 months, but once again Bautista recovers and becomes the second best Spanish player in the world after Rafa Nadal.
Born on April 14, 1988, the disciple of Pepe Vendrell is at the maturity of his sports career. He has already won nine ATP titles and is one of the rare cases in which those victories have occurred in the three different surfaces: seven on hard court, another characteristic of Bautista, far from the usual role of the Spanish tennis player, closer to clay, one on grass and one on clay.
On clay he has not won a tournament in almost five years, when in 2014 it was proclaimed champion in Stuttgart (this competition was disputed formerly on this surface).
Lover of horses and great follower of Villarreal CF, soccer team where he played until age 14, Bautista became professional in 2005 and is a member of the Real Club Tenis Barcelona. He has participated at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell six times and his best performance to date was in 2018, where he reached the quarterfinals.