After starring in a great semifinal at the Cincinnati Masters 1,000 with Novak Djokovic last Friday, Roberto Bautista is already preparing to debut tomorrow at the US Open with Tennys Sandgren. Before that, he answered the call from MARCA to reflect on the current situation in tennis, marked by the pandemic and the new union of professionals created by the world number one.Did the semifinal with Djokovic leave a bad taste in your mouth because of how it ended? Yes, I was a bit screwed up. But I have to be smart right now. I can’t make blood because of what happened. You have to see the positive things and assess how well the week was, how well I competed and to continue playing.You dominated 6-5 and served to close the game in the tiebreaker sleeve. The ‘tie break’ loses it blank. Was it difficult for you to play it when you were so close to victory?The truth is that he was brilliant. He hit me three direct aces, a rest-winning shot. At one point, it was 5-0.In the first round of the US Open, Sandgren awaits you, a complete quarter-finalist of the Australian Open. He is a tough opponent, who has been playing well in the Grand Slam with five sets. In Cincinnati he beat Aliassime. It is a complicated debut.Has being the Spanish tennis player who has played the most exhibitions this summer helped you to arrive more fit than others on the American tour? I do not think so. What makes you fit is to prepare well at home and train well. It’s clear that playing games helps, but I don’t think it was the key to my game in New York. Thiem and Rublev were off the map in Kitzbühel, flawless, as if to win a Grand Slam. And they both lost first time in Cincinnati. Tennis is difficult, it is a very complicated sport. The state of form does not guarantee the results.Last year he stayed as a substitute at the London Masters. Is the goal in 2020 to enter, especially because of the many points you can score at the US Open?It is difficult because there are people who have points from the last Masters that are not going to go away. Winning Djokovic would have taken a step forward. I’m more screwed up for that than anything else.How did you feel about supervisor Lars Graff deciding to close the roof in the middle of the game? It is one of the most unfair decisions that I have experienced on a track. The figure of the supervisor is very important in a Masters 1,000 semifinals. If a referee decides to stop, it seems to me that it should have been at 5-5 or at the end of the set. I don’t think that if I had gone 6-4, 5-4 and had taken Novak, he would stop. It says a lot about the lack of professionalism and little sensitivity to the situation.Before starting Cincinnati Guido Pella and Hugo Dellien were disqualified for a positive from their physical trainer. Was it an injustice?It seems unfair to me because when one comes here it is with many hours of training behind and with great enthusiasm. If the players have not tested positive, it is very unfair that they cannot be in the box. I have been confined with my wife and she has had COVID and I have not. It is not proven that by living together you will have it. I have done a thousand tests and I have not had anything or feeling of anything. They gave Pella and Dellien three or four tests and they were always negative.Are you favorable to the new union led by Djokovic?I was playing all week. I have had my mobile bursting with messages, with congratulations. They have created like two or three new groups in the chat, with 300 messages in each, and I have not had time to see them. I know that Novak wants to form the association, what I don’t know is if it is jointly with the ATP or not. They sent a document, but I have not been able to read it.Do you and your coach Pepe Vendrell eat meals at the tournament or at the hotel? At noon, Pepe and I have lunch at the club. And then we take the opportunity to order dinner because the hotel food is weak. We take her to the room. We don’t have much contact with people.Do you share a room? Yes Yes. This week, after what had happened with Pella and Dellien, we were given the option of being separated. But it is that with the amount of hours we spend inside, if we are also alone, it was going to be an ordeal. I thought, ‘If we catch it, too bad. We’re going home and that’s it. ‘Is it difficult for you to be in New York and not be able to step on Manhattan? It is not a problem. In fact, I’m more relaxed without going to Manhattan. There is less traffic, there is less noise … I live the tournament in a different way. I’m liking it more like this. Having to go out to dinner every night and lose two hours, another two hours on the bus, I don’t like.You, as one of the seeds, enjoy a suite at the Arthur Ashe. Yes, and they told me the other day that it is Donald Trump’s. In the suite we have our space. Under normal conditions, during the US Open, there are a lot of people and there is no room to be calm. You can’t even lie on a sofa to rest for 10 minutes. Now I am alone, I have my stretcher to do the stretches. They also bring you food. It is very well organized.When he loses, won’t he go through town? No, because I’m going straight home to my wife Ana, who is about to give birth. We expect the son for September 14.Won’t you play in Rome? At first, no. It depends on how I go here. If things go bad for me and the baby is born before Rome, then yes. The idea is to play after Hamburg and Roland Garros.