The Spanish tennis player Roberto Bautista has been left on the verge of the title of the Mallorca Championships, in the ATP 250 category and which is played on grass, after losing the final this Saturday against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (6-4, 3-6, 7 -6(2)), who had to resort to the 'tie-break' of the third set to lift the Balearic trophy, the first for him on grass and which serves as preparation for Wimbledon, which begins this Monday, with Rafa Nadal between the favorites.
The number six in the world took a 4-0 lead in the first set in which he overwhelmed the man from Castellón, who only began to react in the fifth game defending his serve before signing his first break of the match. However, his lukewarm response was not enough to prevent the Hellenic tennis player from winning the sleeve.
In the second set, Tsitsipas again took the lead with a break in the third game to make the score 3-1, but this time Bautista struck back, winning the next five games to balance the contest.
Everything would be resolved, therefore in the third and final set. The Spaniard gave up his second serve but asserted his service to protect himself in the first game of the return match for Tsitsipas (5-3), who was also prevented from closing with serve.
This 'break' gave him hope and made him reach the 'tie-break', where, however, he always trailed behind. With this, he frustrated his desire to lift the eleventh title of his career and the second of 2022 after Doha.