The Spaniard was consistently challenged by the two-time Australian Open quarter-finalist on Court 11, most notably in a second set which featured 21 break points, but he held his nerve in crucial moments to earn the milestone win and move through to the second round. Throughout the two-hour, 46-minute contest, Bautista Agut saved 17 of 19 break points and broke serve on four occasions.
Bautista Agut has now won four of his five matches since the resumption of the ATP Tour. At last week’s Western & Southern Open, the nine-time ATP Tour titlist eliminated defending champion Daniil Medvedev at the quarter-final stage and pushed eventual champion Novak Djokovic to a final-set tie-break.
Bautista Agut’s next opponent will be #NextGenATP Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic or Rio Open presented by Claro finalist Gianluca Mager. Bautista Agut dropped three games to beat Kecmanovic in his only previous ATP Head2Head encounter against the Serbian at the 2019 Western & Southern Open and is yet to meet Mager at tour-level.
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The 10th seed produced a clinical performance on Court 11, striking 34 winners to overcome the Frenchman 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 and earn his first victory since the resumption of the ATP Tour. At last week’s Western & Southern Open, the Russian fell in three sets to Daniel Evans in the first round.
With his eighth win in 12 matches at the US Open, Rublev improves to 2-1 in his ATP Head2Head series against Chardy. This year’s Doha and Adelaide champion will face Gregoire Barrere for a spot in the third round.
Barrere landed 52 winners to advance to the US Open second round for the second straight year, beating Taro Daniel of Japan 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. The 26-year-old’s win snaps a three-match tour-level losing streak, dating back to the Open Sud de France in February. At that ATP 250 event, Barrere upset Grigor Dimitrov to reach his second ATP Tour quarter-final.