Roberto Bautista, 33 years old and number 11 in the world, has beaten Mario Vilella the Spanish derby in the 1st round of Roland Garros by 6-4, 6-4 and 6-2.
The man from Castellón has fulfilled the prediction against Vilella, the 182nd in the ranking, who has already won a remarkable award by overcoming the preliminary phase and the only one getting into the big picture. Grand slam on land.
Bautista will face the Swiss in the 2nd round of the tournament Henri Laaksonen (150th), who needed four sets to get rid of the German in his debut Yannick Hanfmann, 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
Roberto, always a tough tennis player, has the game and experience to make any rival uncomfortable, but he has never found his best version at Roland Garros, where he has not yet gone beyond the round of 16, in 2016 and 2017, then stopped by Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal, respectively.