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Spanish tennis player Roberto Bautista Agut can finally pack his bags and go on his stag do, having delayed it when he unexpectedly reached the Wimbledon semi-final.
The world number 22 was so sure he would not make the final four of the grass tournament that he booked his pre-wedding party for the finals weekend, no doubt assuming he would watch the matches by the pool in Ibiza.
But his stags had to fly over from the sun-drenched island to see their groom-to-be at Wimbledon, while his fiancee Ana Bodi Tortosa delayed a dress fitting to make the match.
Bautista Agut put up a fight against defending champion Novak Djokovic, but saw his campaign end as he was beaten 6-2 4-6 6-3 6-2.
Following the match, the Spaniard confirmed he would salvage some of the weekend away, tweeting: “Great battle today and those two IMPRESSIVE weeks in #Wimbledon.
“Thank you for living with me all these emotions. You’re too big. And I, now yes, I’m going to Ibiza!”
His six stags – Kiko Renau, Ignacio Renau, Daniel Ramos, Blas Gallego, Alberto Febrer and Jorge Goenaga – watched from the player’s box alongside Ms Tortusa.
Mr Goenaga said: “I think he’ll be happy, he was in the semi-final. I think this is a great tournament for him.
“I think we’re going to go out and celebrate.”
He even gave his friend his backing that the group would be back next year to see him play in the final.
He said: “[Agut] didn’t think he was going to be here – he planned to be in Ibiza two days ago.”
“We’re very, very proud of him – the performance has been great, high level.
“Just be in the semi-final of a grand slam, we’re very proud of him.”
Bautista Agut said of his stags: “I think they really had a good plan. They spent Wednesday in Ibiza.
“They came to watch a good match, the semi-finals of Wimbledon – maybe tomorrow they’ll come back.”
Djokovic will play Roger Federer in the final on Sunday afternoon, after the Swiss beat Rafael Nadal in a four-set thriller.
With the 37-year-old in the men’s final and Serena Williams, also 37, in the women’s, this year’s finals have the oldest line-up in the Open Era.
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