Teenaged talent Jannik Sinner took advantage of a slip from fourth seed Roberto Bautista Agut to send the Spaniard packing 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 on Wednesday in Dubai.
The Italian seeded 16th completed the upset after his 32-year-old opponent double-faulted for the first time to set up a match point: Sinner scorched his 48th winner of the contest to reach the quarter-finals at the Aviation Club.
The 32nd-rnaked Sinner, already a two-time ATP titleholder at age 19, will play for the semi-finals against Australian Open semi-finalist Aslan Karatsev, who beat Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
“Roberto is an incredible player, very solid,” Sinner said. “I’m looking for these kinds of tough matches in order to improve.
“I’m happy to have won and can play one more match here tomorrow. I tried to control my emotions as much as possible, which helped me a lot.”
Sinner pounded 16 aces in a win which took nearly two and a half hours as he put out the 2018 tournament champion.
The Spaniard has reached finals at two of his last three events this season, losing title bids in Montpellier and Doha.
Sinner triumphed at Sofia last November and at a pre-Australian Open event in Melbourne three months later.
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