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Roberto Bautista Agut sees off Nick Kyrgios in under two hours to reach the second round of the US Open on Monday night.

Bautista Agut Dismisses Kyrgios In US Open First Round

Spaniard to play Ruusuvuori in second round

Roberto Bautista Agut has risen to the New York night session challenge in heavy humidity to quash any threat of a Nick Kyrgios upset in straight sets in the opening round of the US Open. The 18th-seeded Spaniard was rock solid throughout as he posted a 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 victory in one hour and 48 minutes.

“I played well,” said Bautista Agut. “We played a very good first set, at a high level, with a lot of intensity in the rallies and [at a] high pace. I am happy to have won in three sets [as] I think I played solid and aggressively.”

The 33-year-old, who reached the fourth round in 2014 and 2015, improved his record at Flushing Meadows to 15-8 and his ATP Head2Head ledger to 2-1 against the Australian. Bautista Agut handled the stifling conditions the better of the two and showed great wheels to foil many of the Australian’s attempted winners on Louis Armstrong Stadium.

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He hit just 14 unforced errors to his opponent’s 36 and only four less winners than Kyrgios’ 37. The Spaniard was far more effective on serve as he won 80 per cent of first-serve points and 53 per cent on second serves. He was a perfect 12 from 12 on net points and fended off the sole break point he faced.

Kyrgios showed impressive net skills when he kept the second set alive with a serve-volley winner for 4-5 but it ended up the last game he would win for the match. The Spaniard closed out a two-set lead with his 12th ace and when he broke immediately at the beginning of the third set it opened the floodgates.

He reeled off the final seven games and sealed the result on his 13th ace. Victory set a meeting with last week’s Winston-Salem Open semi-finalist, Emil Ruusuvuori, for a place in the third round.

It will be the World No. 21’s first ATP Head2Head meeting with the 22-year-old from Finland. Ruusuvuori earlier posted a 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Poland’s Kamil Majchrzak to match his second-round showing on debut at last year’s US Open.

Looking ahead to playing Ruusuvuori, Bautista Agut said, “Now I will think about the next match. He is a young player, who is pushing hard and has had very good match wins on the ATP Tour. He is going to make it very difficult for me.”

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