Bautista Agut Sets Baghdatis Dubai QF Clash; Berdych To Face Kyrgios
Spaniard keeps up strong early season form
Fourth seed Roberto Bautista Agut stormed into his fifth ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season as he dismissed Korean teenager Hyeon Chung 6-0, 6-1 in just 54 minutes on Wednesday at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
The Spaniard continued his career-best start to the season, notching his 16th win as he converted five of seven break points and won 64 per cent of points on return.
"It's good to win like this, playing well and doing everything you practise for and you get the result," said Bautista Agut. "But I have to be humble and know that to win like this, it's impossible. Every win you have to work a lot. Every win you have to play two hours. For sure, I'm happy because I won fast today but I know it's going to be tougher and tougher."
The 27-year-old Bautista Agut, winner in Auckland (d. Sock) and Sofia (d. Troicki) already this season, goes on to face Marcos Baghdatis. The Cypriot broke serve three times and saved the five break points he faced as he defeated Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 6-2 in 66 minutes.
Third seed Tomas Berdych cruised into the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over qualifier Thomas Fabbiano. The Czech fired eight aces and converted five of his 10 break points for victory in 74 minutes.
Berdych will next face 20-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios, the player who beat him in the Marseille semi-finals last week, after the Next Generation star defeated Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 6-2. Kyrgios is coming off his first ATP World Tour title at the Open 13 (d. Cilic).
"Nick is playing really good, with a lot of confidence," said Berdych. "His game is on a much higher level than usual.
"He's doing well. So for me it's going to be a big challenge. Definitely I have a lot to give him back for last week and just really need to refocus myself, try to raise the game, and play some good tennis again."