Miami [US]: Roberto Bautista Agut pulled the biggest upset in Miami Open as he defeated Novak Djokovic 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 on Tuesday (local time) to reach the quarter-finals.
“I played more aggressive. I tried to miss fewer balls, to be really concentrated on the beginning of the point with my serve, with my return. In the end, it worked well,” Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) quoted Bautista as saying.
“It helped me at the end of the match, no? I had the confidence to play at a really high level at the end of the match, and I could close the match well with my serve,” he added.
After losing the first set, the Spaniard raised his level and aggression to triumph after two hours and twenty-nine minutes.
It is Bautista’s second three-sets victory against Djokovic this season, as he defeated the World number one in Doha to start off the year en route to lifting the trophy.
Djokovic was pursuing a record seventh trophy in Miami, which would have broken a tie with former World number one Andre Agassi (6). The Serbian also remains one title shy of Rafael Nadal’s record of 33 Masters 1000 titles.
“He is a solid player. Congratulations to him definitely for a great comeback, but this kind of match I should not have lost. So many opportunities. Just way too many wasted opportunities.
This is what happens when you do not capitalise on time,” ATP quoted Djokovic as saying.
Bautista will now face defending champion John Isner in the quarter-finals.