Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut squeezed past big-serving Sam Groth 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) in a second-round serving duel at the Kremlin Cup by Bank of Moscow this afternoon. The No. 16-ranked Bautista Agut actually out served the big Australian in a match with no breaks of serve and just two break points, both of which Groth saved. From the last point of the first set tiebreaker through the final point of the contest, Bautista Agut, the No. 5 seed, won 31 points in a row on his serve. The Spaniard won 86 percent of the points on his first serve and 80 percent on his second, while serving seven aces. Groth’s numbers were almost as good, winning 78 percent of his first service points and 76 percent of his second. The big Aussie, ranked a career-high No. 88 in the world, pounded out 19 aces. Bautista Agut served seven love games, Groth five. Groth had the first set on his racket after he captured two mini-breaks to go up 5-4 in the first set tiebreaker but squandered the opportunity by missing an easy forehand sitter and hitting a backhand volley wide. The second set featured nine of the 12 love service games, with only the 11th game, when Groth saved two break points, offering any drama. Bautista Agut got the only mini-break of the second set tiebreaker with Groth serving at 3-4 and that was all he needed. The match lasted 84 minutes. Bautista Agut will face the winner of tomorrow’s second-round match between top seed Milos Raonic and qualifier Ricardas Berankis in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Bautista Agut Edges Groth at Kremlin Cup in Moscow
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