Two players who, considering their backgrounds, found themselves, surprisingly, in the quarter finals of Wimbledon for the first time in their careers.
I am enjoying playing on this court and I have enjoyed every match I've played Roberto Bautista Agut
Argentina’s Guido Pella and Spain’s Roberto Bautista-Agut, would seemingly be more comfortable on clay, but they have come through the draw to within two matches of the final.
En route Pella has collected the scalps of two former finalists, Kevin Anderson and Milos Raonic, the latter following a lengthy five-setter ending with an 8-6 decider.
In contrast Bautista-Agut has had a comfortable journey arriving in the last eight without conceding a set having spent 6-hours and 48-minutes on court, some six hours less than his opponent.
And it was the Spaniard who took control from the first game, breaking the South American again early in the second and despite some very spirited play from his opponent, to seal a 7-5 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory on his first match point following a loose Pella forehand.
The victory, after three-hours and 7-minutes of aggressive baseline play, lifts him into the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career which a delighted Bautista-Agut described as ‘amazing’.
“I am enjoying playing on this court and I have enjoyed every match I’ve played,” Bautista Agut said and on learning that he will be facing the world No.1 and defending champion next, added: Novak is the No 1 in the world and playing well on grass. I will have to play good tennis if I am going to beat him.”