New time and place for Spanish player's big party

Sports | REUTERS 12 Jul 2019

Roberto Bautista Agut expected to be chilling out in Ibiza this week, but his bachelor party has been switched to the All England Club after he reached the semi-finals of the men's singles.

The 31-year-old Spaniard, who is getting married in November, had never got past round four so it seemed safe to plan his Ibiza trip.

But he now faces his biggest-ever match - against defending champion Novak Djokovic after he beat Argentina's Guido Pella 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the quarter-finals.

Still, having beaten Djokovic twice this year Bautista Agut should be in good heart.

"I had planned to be in Ibiza right now," the 23rd seed said. "My friends, six of them, are all there. Well, [now] they are coming to London."

Bautista Agut's 14-year pro career has been steady rather than spectacular, and it has been a long wait for his first Grand Slam semi-final. "I did a lot of work during all these years to be a better player," he said. "Not to try to catch [the big three] but to be closer to them."

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