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Davis Cup a learning experience for Roberto Bautista Agut

Rising star predicts Spain will be a force to be reckoned with in future

  • By Alaric Gomes Senior Reporter
  • Published: 18:45 February 28, 2014
  • Gulf News

Dubai: Roberto Bautista Agut said he relishes his baptism of fire on his Davis Cup debut for Spain against Germany in February.

Bautista Agut went down 2-6, 4-6, 2-6 to Philipp Kohlschreiber and then lost 6-7, 4-6 against Daniel Brands in the dead-rubber tie as former champions Spain were humbled 1-4 in the World Group first-round tie in Frankfurt.

However, despite ending on the losing side, Bautista Agut said he had drawn a lot of positives from the experience.

“Playing for my country was a completely different experience for me. There is always a first time and this year it was my turn to do something for Spain,” Bautista Agut told Gulf News at this week’s Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open.

“The surface was a bit too fast for my game but I enjoyed the experience and the fact that I did everything I could to try and get my country to win. But I could not,” he said.

However, with world number one Rafael Nadal not available due to injury, it was always going to be a tough ask for Spain, champions five times since 2000. But the World No 51 is convinced Spain will be back in contention for the title soon. “That’s for sure. We will come back again. We have a solid lot of players, and if we play to our potential then it will be much easier to win matches and hopefully we can be world champions yet again,” Bautista Agut added.

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