After a fantastic victory over Dominic Thiem in Bastad, Sebastián Báez couldn’t help but feel elated, but he didn’t forget to spare a thought for the Austrian and offer his condolences. On Friday, Baez earned a spot in the Bastad semifinals by claiming a 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-4 victory over Thiem.
Since returning from an extended absence due to injury in late March, Thiem has only managed a 2-7 record at the highest level of competition. Baez blew a match point on Thiem’s serve in the 10th game of the second set, but he broke Thiem’s serve in the middle of the third set, and he went on to hold serve for the rest of the match to claim a victory in three sets.
“This has been a really challenging contest. According to the ATP website, Baez commented during his on-court interview that he was “so close” to winning the match. “Today, Dominic played very well, and I look forward to seeing more of him because he is a great player, and I am hopeful that he will be able to get back to the level that we are accustomed to seeing him play at.”
I am overjoyed to report that I was victorious today and to have advanced farther in the competition. I believe we both performed well today, and I had fun participating in the battle. I’m glad to still be here because both the tournament and the facilities are of a high quality. Because everyone is so kind, I have no need to worry.
Right now, I have to focus on getting better as quickly as I can. After that, Báez will compete against Rublev, who advanced to the semifinals after advancing against Laslo Djere. The match between Pablo Carreo Busta and Francisco Cerndolo will take place in the second semifinal. On Friday, Carreo Busta thrashed Diego Schwartzman with an incredibly merciless performance, winning 6-1 and 6-0.
During his on-field interview, Carreno Busta stated, “I’ve played my game of the season,” “I maintained a high level of concentration the entire time, on each and every point. Tennis has provided several examples of strong rivalries over the course of its history. These rivalries, which have included Martina Navratilova vs Chris Evert and Serena Williams versus Venus Williams, have made it more interesting to watch tennis matches.
There was also the competition between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in this category.
Rafa Nadal is an icon in the sport of tennis.
Santiago Segura, a famous Spanish director and actor, has just added his voice to the growing number of those expressing their best wishes for the Spanish tennis icon.
“I had no idea that Rafael Nadal was going to become a father, but now that I think about it, he’ll definitely be watching ‘Padre no hay más que uno 3’ in the future.” “I hope that Rafa Nadal is more joyful in his role as a father than he is as a tennis player and that he suffers fewer injuries as a result,” Segura remarked.
“I believe that he will be a wonderful parent. In the end, we are all going to make mistakes as parents, but there is one thing that can fix everything, and that is love, as well as approaching everything with good intentions.