The year 2019 will be a year to remember for Roberto Bautista. There have been many emotions since the season began with winning the title in Doha beating in the semi-finals no less than Novak Djokovic. In between, he reached the semi-finals in Wimbledon and made it to the top 10. And to end the year, his amazing performance at the Davis Cup Finals that has to be remembered as one of the most amazing moments of his professional career and his wedding to Ana Bodí.
Spain played the final of the true world championships against Canada. Two days earlier, the Spaniard left the team to arrive just in time to say goodbye to his father, seriously ill. He was able to be with him in his last minutes of life and presided over the funeral, but a few minutes later he returned to Madrid and prepared to play his last match of the season.
He was facing Felix Auger-Aliassime, against who he had never played before. Bautista concentrated to give a vital point to the Spanish team and try to forget the carousel of emotions of the last hours. He beat the Canadian 7-6, 6-3 and shortly thereafter raised his first Davis Cup as if it were the first trophy he won in his life. Rafael Nadal pointed him as the true hero of the team. This was certainly a very uncommon story in tennis today.
With nine ATP titles and in the ninth place in the world ranking, Bautista has taken a leap in quality that shows in the respect he now has in the circuit. He is the second best Spanish player, after Nadal, and has already played 459 matches, with a win/ loss record of 287-172. Of the nine titles, Bautista has only won one on clay (Stuttgart, 2014), another detail that stands out in his biography and distinguishes him from the usual Spanish tennis player profile.
Born in April 14, 1988, Pepe Vendrell's disciple is in full sports maturity. He is a horse lover and a great follower of Villarreal, a football team where he played until he was 14 years old. He belongs to the Real Club Tenis Barcelona-1899 and has taken part in the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell on six occasions. In 2015 and 2018 he reached the quarterfinals.