Bautista Agut forced to cancel his own stag do to face Djokovic

If you did not expect Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the semi finals of Wimbledon
, then you are not alone.  
The man himself thought so little of his chances that he organised his stag do for this week.
'I had planned to be in Ibiza right now,' he said after grinding down Argentina's Guido Pella in four sets. 'We had everything organised already. My friends, six of them, are all there.
'Well, it feels better to be here in London. I think they will fly in on Friday.'
Instead of frolicking in the Balearics, the 31-year-old Spaniard will face Novak Djokovic on Centre Court on Friday in the first Grand Slam semi final of his career, taking his deserved place as the last remaining mortal in the company of tennis gods.
The No 23 seed may be unheralded but he will not be underestimated, least of all by Djokovic. Bautista Agut has played the world No 1 twice this year and beaten him both times.
Overall Djokovic leads the head to head 7-3 but that will not prevent his opponent taking great heart from recent victories in Doha and Miami.
'I had the chance to play really good matches against him,' he said once the laughter had died down from his Ibiza revelations. 'He likes to play a lot of rallies. Well, I like to play against opponent like this.'
From a parochial point of view, Bautista Agut is best known as the last man to face Andy Murray on a singles court, beating him in an emotional five-setter in the Australian Open in January.
That showed his ability to hold his nerve on a big occasion and he is the last hope here of breaking the vice-like grip of the Big Three.
While a clear underdog against Djokovic, Bautista Agut is in tremendous form. His flat forehand, hit with an unusually old-school grip, suits the low-bouncing grass courts and no player in the draw has hit more than his 88 winners on that side.
The Spaniard's run here is an example of what can be achieved with dedication and a flint-hard temperament. He is in superb physical condition and his footwork is as sharp as you would expect given he played football for the Villarreal youth teams until the age of 14.
A ruthless and stony-faced competitor, Bautista Agut held firm after Pella came on strong in the fourth set.
The 29-year-old Argentine beat Wimbledon finalists Kevin Anderson and Milos Raonic to reach his first Grand Slam quarter final but, with 12 hours and 47 minutes of tennis in his legs, he was unable to outrun a far fresher opponent.
'I was feeling a little bit tired,' said the No 26 seed. 'Roberto, I think he's the most solid guy on tour, maybe behind Djokovic. After three hours, he missed very few balls.'
Bautista Agut's challenge is to become the first man not named Murray, Djokovic, Nadal or Federer to win Wimbledon since 2002.
If he can achieve that colossal feat, then the island of Ibiza better be ready to host one hell of a rearranged stag do. 

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