Wimbledon 2019: Underdog Roberto Bautista Agut admits he cancelled his own stag do to play in semi-final

Roberto Bautista Agut admits he had to cancel his own stag do to play in Wimbledon’s semi-final against Novak Djokovic.

The Spaniard will take on his Serbian counterpart on Centre Court before Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal face off.

But Agut - the underdog and lesser fancied of the final four - admits he was supposed to be in Ibiza for the second week of the tournament.

“I had planned to be in Ibiza right now,” he said following his quarter-final victory against Guido Pella. “It feels better to be here in London.”

All six of his stags have cut short their holiday to cheer him on against Djokovic.

The Serb will have his own team of supporters, his wife, two children and parents will be landing in London on Friday morning.

He has revealed his four-year-old son Stefan is tennis mad.

Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut celebrates after beating Argentina's Guido Pella during their men's singles quarter-final match on day nine of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 10, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE        (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut celebrates after beating Argentina's Guido Pella (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 10: Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain celebrates victory in his Men's Quarter Final match against Guido Pella of Argentina during Day Nine of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
But the win meant Agut will be in south west London - not Ibiza. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Speaking on Thursday, he said: “In the last six months or so he is much more into tennis – he brings his racquet everywhere.”

“He likes to kick a ball around like everybody else,” he added.

“Just give him a ball and he’s happy.”

The club’s commercial manager Mick Desmond expects big crowds for the headline games.

“I think people will be clamouring to come in here – not just to Centre Court but just to watch it on the hill and physically be part of it,” he said.

He added: “We are blessed with a golden age.”

A spokesman for the Met Office said Wimbledon attendees could expect some sunshine in the morning with a few showers from about 9am onwards.

“The showers will continue into the first part of the afternoon with a 20% chance of it causing some disruption,” he said.

“It will clear away to the middle of the afternoon leaving the rest of the day dry and bright.

“It will be slightly cooler and breezier day than the last few days with a maximum temperature of 24C (75.2F).”

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