“There are not many of us of my generation anymore and that is a great achievement”

“There are not many of us of my generation anymore and that is a great achievement”
“There are not many of us of my generation anymore and that is a great achievement”

The Spanish Roberto Bautistawhich qualified this Wednesday for the third round of Wimbledonpraised the role that he and other veterans are playing on the circuit and stated that there are not many of his generation left and that “that is very commendable.”

The one from Castellón defeated the Italian Lorenzo Sonego (6-3, 3-6, 6-3 and 6-4) and he returns to the third round of Wimbledon three years later. He won a match that was delayed two hours due to rain and suffered several stoppages due to the London weather, but he always had the Italian under control, desperate for his errors at key moments.

Bautista, who had not won two consecutive Grand Slam matches since the Australian Open in 2023, He was accurate in saving all six break points in the first set that he faced and take advantage of the only one he had.

Sonego, who reached the round of 16 at this tournament in 2021, fought back in the second after another three missed break points and levelled the match, but Bautista stepped up his game in the third and was unfazed even though rain interrupted their match when he was serving to go two sets to one up.

The break even benefited the Spaniard, who won the three games after this one and built up a lead that Sonego threatened to overcome, without success.

At 36, Bautista returned to the third round of Wimbledon on Wednesday and thus to the world’s top 100. “I think so (about being an example).”

I think it also means that we have adapted to modern times, that our tennis is constantly improving, that we are always looking for improvements, to continue raising the level to be able to compete with all these young players who are pushing hard. I think that he (referring to Fabio Fognini, his rival in the next round) and Gael Monfils, Wawrinka, Djokovic…There are not many of us from this generation anymore and that is a great achievement.”.

One of the players he takes as an example is Andy Murray, who he retired from in Australia 2019, which was supposed to be the Briton’s farewell to tennis, until he later had a metal prosthesis implanted in his hip.

I know Andy well, I have trained a lot with him and we have shared many moments. I have followed him and he has been my example.He is a player I have been paying a lot of attention to and the only thing I can tell you is that the guy loves this sport like very few people do today. I think he doesn’t want to leave this world and even with a metal hip, the guy has played for three or four years at a very high level.”

The Castellón native, who has only dropped one set until this third round, He will now face the surprising Fabio Fogniniwho at 37 years old eliminated the grass-allergic Casper Ruud to be in this stage of the tournament for the first time in three years. Bautista and Fognini have faced each other ten times in their careers, with seven victories for the transalpine and three for the Spaniard.

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