Match Recap from Announcer Andy Taylor, Voice of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open
 Roberto Bautista Agut -24- (ESP) def Stan Wawrinka -66- (SUI)
Historically, Roberto Bautista Agut is unbeatable week-1 of the season. Last year, the 2-time Auckland champ defeated Juan Martin Del Potro to capture the title. In 2017, he won Chennai — four years after reaching his first career ATP Tour Final there. Thanks to his insatiable off-season work-ethic, while others are forced to knock some rust off, the Spanish equine aficionado “chomps at the bit” when the calendar flips.
On Thursday afternoon, 3-time Major Champion Stan Wawrinka got a chance to experience RBA’s rested relentlessness first-hand. On defense from ball-up, the former World #3 fell in straight sets. Still, there are plenty of positives for Stan to take-away from his first two wins of the season – especially after a Round-1 defeat of Karen Khachanov. Stan’s climb back to the top continues.
Up next for Roberto Bautista Agut: Novak Djokovic -01- (SRB).
They’ve played 8-times since 2013. RBA’s one victory came in the Semifinals of the 2016 Shanghai Masters 64 64. It was Agut’s first career victory over a World #1 and first (and only) time reaching a Masters-1000 Final.
 Roberto Bautista Agut -24- (ESP) | Quarterfinal Announcer Introduction
This relentless 30-year-old now owns 8 ATP Singles titles, is a 15-time Finalist on Tour, has been consistently ranked inside the top-30 for nearly 5-years. Last year, he started the season with a victory over Juan Martin Del Potro to win his 2nd Auckland title. He then won the biggest title of his career at the ATP-500 event in Dubai, and returned to a career-high ranking of World #13 before reaching his 3rd Final of the year in Gstaad. He owns seven career victories over top-10 opponents, including a win over World #1 Novak Djokovic in the Semifinals of the 2016 Shanghai Masters. Competing in his second Qatar ExxonMobil Open, he’s through to the Quarterfinals for the first time. From Spain, please welcome Roberto Bautista Agut.
R2 def [Q] Guillermo Garcia-Lopez -105- (ESP) 61 64
R1 def Matteo Berrettini -54- (ITA) 61 64
Stan Wawrinka -66- (SUI) | Quarterfinal Announcer Introduction
This 3-time Grand Slam Champion is back in Doha for the first time since 2008 – when as a 36th-ranked 22-year-old, he reached his 5th career ATP Final. 11-years-later, He’s now an Australian Open, Roland Garros and US Open Champion – An Olympic Doubles Gold Medalist – A Davis Cup Champion – Has been ranked as #3 in the World – And owns 16 Tour-level Titles in 28 career Finals. He’s taken-out two of the Tour’s top young talents – World #11 Karen Khachanov and Nicolas Jarry – to reach today’s Quarterfinal. Competing in his 5th Qatar ExxonMobil Open, from Switzerland – please welcome Stan Wawrinka.
R2 def Nicolas Jarry -43- (CHI) 64 76(3)
R1 def Karen Khachanov -11- (RUS) 76(7) 64