Roberto Bautista Agut has exacted revenge on the man who ended his Cinderella run in the first ATP final.
The 25-year-old Spanish tenista, currently ranked No. 58 in the world, defeated third-seeded Janko Tipsarevic 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the first round of the St. Petersburg Open on Wednesday.
Earlier this year, Bautista Agut had reached his first-ever ATP final at the 2013 Aircel Chennai Open in Chennai, India, where he faced the tournament’s No. 1 seed Tipsarevic. Bautista Agut took the first set 6-3, only to lose the last two sets 1-6, 3-6.
This time around though Tipsarevic squandered seven break points in the second set against Bautista Agut, who broke the Serb twice and closed the match with a backhand down the line on his first match point.
Bautista Agut now faces Evgeny Donskoy in the second round.