Madrid, 12 years ago. (European Press) –
Spain’s Roberto Bautista and Sara Sorribes are still standing in the Toronto and Montreal tournaments, both in the ATP and WTA 1000 category, after tracking Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman and Czech Katerina Siniakova on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals.
Bautista turned his luck dramatically in a fight that lasted nearly three hours in which he had to save three match balls. A battle between the players who gave their all and this allowed the Spaniard to add his second victory in the Canadian event and restore the confidence he had lost in Kitzbühel and Gstaad.
Castellón, who quit the Olympics, hasn’t been on the right track in recent weeks and did so against Schwartzman who lifted the epic and feisty bout that motivated Bautista. The Spaniard won (6-3, 3-6, 7-5) over the American and will face the American Riley Opelka in the quarter-finals.
‘Peque’ was rebuilt after losing the first set to become a real front line that made mistakes for the Spaniards. Bautista couldn’t avoid getting into the third set, setting a “break”, without taking advantage of his break chances. In the end, he did so after saving all three match balls and turning the situation around to finish with Schwartzman.
Meanwhile, Sorribes remained the only Spaniard in the women’s team. Castellón (6-7 (4), 6-0, 6-3) beat Czech Katerina Siniakova, who was Garbine Muguruza’s executioner in Spain’s debut.
In a duel with plenty of substitutes, Sorribes managed to turn around with an impressive 6-0 set. In the third and final game, with six “breaks” between the two sides of the track, the Spaniard scored a great victory that reminded her of Czech Karolina Pliskova.