Roberto Bautista, to the quarterfinals against Thiem in Doha

Roberto Bautista, 32 years old and 13th in the world ranking, will meet again this Thursday with the Austrian Dominic Thiem, 27 years old and No. 4. The Spaniard dominates the balance with the US Open champion, whom he has beaten three out of four times. A 3-1 based on three victories in the 2015 season, losing in the ‘semis’ of 2018 in the ‘indoor’ of St. Petersburg.

They had not met again on the ATP Tour, until the draw has led them to the quarterfinal match of the current ATP 250 in Doha. The man from Castellón made a hole by beating the kazako in the second round Alexander Bublik by 6-4 and 6-3 in 1h.10 ‘. Thiem must have gone back to the sensation of the last Open of Autralia, the Russian Aslan karatsev, whom he beat 6-7 (5), 6-3 and 6-2 in 1h.56 ’

Bautista, a few weeks ago finalist of the ‘indoor’ Montpellier, is recovering the diminished form due to physical problems dragged in Australia, from whose Open he left immediately. Thiem did not shine in Melbourne either, eliminated in the round of 16 by the Bulgarian Grigor dimitrov.

Bautista was the champion of the tournament in 2019, knocking out in the semifinals to Novak Djokovic and finishing in the final against Tomas Berdych. Defend corona currently Andrey Rublev, who entered the quarterfinals without playing due to the injury of Richard Gasquet and who could be the rival in the ‘semis’ of the Spanish or Thiem.

It is the upper part of the table, which Thiem presides over. Below, the figure of the event, Roger Federer, who returns to competition this Wednesday, taking on British Dan Evans in the second round. It will reappear 405 days and two knee operations later.