Roberto Bautista, seed number 12 of the Australian Open, is out of the tournament at the first change after losing against Moldovan Radu Albot (31 years and 85th in the world) in four sets and 3h: 15: 6-7 (1), 6-0, 6-4 and 7-6 (5). It is the third time that the Castellón player has fallen in the first round of a tournament in which last year he reached the third after being a quarter-finalist in 2019. Disappointment for a strangely listless Bautista, who was surprised by Albot’s high pace and that he had advantage of a break in the fourth set to have forced the fifth. He did not give a good feeling at any time, especially with the donut embedded in the second sleeve. Not even in the first the game dominated.
Pablo Andújar, meanwhile, ended the four-year streak on Tuesday without going beyond the first round of the oceanic Grand Slam that gripped him since he won his last match in 2014 (before the Polish Janowicz). Since then, five defeats counting that of the previous one in 2018. Cuenca also had four defeats between the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. It is his first victory since he beat Federico Coria in the Antwerp tournament last October. The 35-year-old Spanish tennis player and 59th in the world also beat Frenchman Quentin Halys in three sets (24th and 206th): 6-4, 7-5 and 7-5 in 2:14. In the second round, Serbian Filip Krajinovic awaits him.
Andújar did not have it easy in any of the three sleeves, in the first he was twice with a disadvantage break, but he came back from 3-1 and broke the serve of his rival to get to 5-4 and sentence with his service. In the other two sets he repeated the pattern of breaking in the eleventh game. Halys hit him 17 aces for a total of 49 winners, but the big difference was in the unforced errors. Those of the Gaul soared (51), while those of Andújar were minimized (12). Patience was the key.
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