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‘He has everything’, Bautista Agut praises Jannik Sinner after Miami semi-final

Roberto Bautista Agut praised Jannik Sinner and admitted he has a bright future ahead of him following his semi-final defeat at the Miami Open.

Just two days after his straight-sets win against World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev, Bautista Agut was one of the favourites to win the Miami Open before the 19-year-old defeated the Spaniard 5-7 6-4 6-4.

“He has a great future coming up. He has everything,” said Bautista Agut.

“He has a big serve, he’s tall, he’s big, he moves well, he has very good groundstrokes, mentally he’s also great and improving. He has a great future coming up.”

Bautista Agut, who has reached 18 ATP Tour championship matches as a professional, is yet to beat the Italian in their previous two encounters having also lost to Sinner in Dubai a fortnight ago.

Despite his powerful groundstrokes, arguably the most impressive element of Sinner’s game is his mental strength, with his quarter-final opponent Alexander Bublik questioning if Sinner was human at the conclusion of their match.

“Of course, he’s good. In both matches, I have the feeling I could have won both times, but finally I didn’t. I think he has something special in tough moments,” said Bautista Agut.

“Today, I had chances in the second set, chances in the third set. He’s a great player, a great competitor, and I will try to beat him the next time.

“Tennis sometimes is crazy. I had four break points in a game and today was not my day. I have to congratulate him, because he came back well in the second set and in the third set.”

Jannik Sinner will now face Hubert Hurkacz in Sunday’s final, with both players in search of their first ATP Masters 1000 title.

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