Roberto Bautista leads a very complicated match against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic in three sets (5-7, 7-6(10), 6-1) in their duel for the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 tournament. In the next case, the Spaniard will be the rival of Zverev or Bublik.
An interesting match at the end of the day in Monte Carlo between two players who are not at their best. Roberto Bautista It came before a chance to find victory again after series crashes on debut in both Indian Wells and Miami and Estoril. His opponent in this first round was a Serb Filip Krajinovicwho entered the draw as a Lucky Loser after losing to Fucsovics in the previous stage.
Only the previous clash between these two Bautista leads the history 1-o. The only meeting took place in the first round of the 2013 ATP Marseille, where the man from Castellón prevailed in three sets.
Bautista is number one in Monte Carlo
Everything was very tight from the start of the game. Primero Bautista had four break chances in just the second game that Krajinovic managed to avoid after strong first serves. In the next game, Serbia had a chance to take advantage and take control of the scoreboard. After a period of Balkan dominance, Rober managed to recover the break, leaving it all tied for the set’s definition. When history seemed to have a tiebreak target, Krajinovic broke again and took the first set 7-5 after a good service game.
The beginning of the second period left similar feelings. Krajinovic hit more aggressive shots than the Spaniard, but at the same time he also made more unforced errors. A lot of long points were played, but neither player managed to fully take control development. After some failed break opportunities, the sleeve went to definition again. The Serb would have to save a set point at 5-6, which would tie things up. There it was Bautista who always had the advantage but couldn’t close out four set points. Actually Filip would have the match point at 10-9, but Roberto took the lead and eventually won 12-10.
That shot, after not having finished the game before, quickly seemed on the Serbian’s level, now without that solidity in his serves or forehand. In contrast to Bautista, who played more loosely and made his rivals run, who made mistakes again. With two consecutive breaks, the Spaniard took a 4-0 lead on the scoreboard, which put his victory on the line. A third break would already be fatal for Krajinovic, and Bautista sealed the win with a 6-1 final.