Bautista Agut is one of the most consistent players on the tour having climbed into the world’s top 20 for the first time in July 2014 and not dropping out of the top 30 since.
However, he has never been able to break into the top 10 and has struggled to beat higher-ranked opponents on a regular basis.
It was anticipated the Spaniard would provide a sterner challenge to Djokovic than any of the Serb’s previous opponents and his fighting spirit – not to mention his all-round game – troubled his decorated rival.
But it was remarkable Bautista Agut was even playing at Roland Garros following the death of his mother Esther on 21 May, days before the tournament began.
The 30-year-old said he wanted to play to take his mind off his loss.
“My life is tennis so I’m used to going inside the court and forgetting about my real life,” he said.