Australian Open action has already delivered its first major upset. Juan Martin Del Potro has made yet another early round exit in an Australian Open. Del Potro, famous for his huge serving, and equally impressive groundstrokes, was pushed the distance by the Spaniard, Bautista Agut. The Spaniard kept things interesting throughout, hanging with the Argentinian bruiser throughout the engagement although Del Potro did lead the battle twice in terms of sets won, taking the first and third set.
Bautista’s Australian Open will continue after his impressive upset, as he dismissed the Argentinian in a five set scoreline of 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, 7-5. The match was full of amazing rallies and heavy baseline exchanges. The Spaniard stood toe-to-toe with Del Potro, and had remarkable success changing the direction of the ball in the heavy exchanges and approaching the net successfully when it counted. Del Potro appeared to have the match back under control after winning the third set, however Bautista continued to battle, and as the two approached the finish line in the fifth set, things looked neck and neck.
After holding serve at 5-5, Bautista earned himself a break point with Del Potro serving 5-6 in the fifth, and converted his chance with a roar. Del Potro has been ousted in yet another second round finish, but the tall Argentine made no excuses and credited the loss to Bautista’s great play. How the Spaniard will recover from the five set battle remains to be seen.
Editorial by Daniel Worku