Grieving Bautista Agut wins just week after mother's death

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Paris (AFP)

Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut reached the French Open second round Monday, just a week after his mother passed away.

Ester Agut died last Monday but the world number 13 decided to come to Paris in honour of his mother.

"It's been emotional for everything that has been happening to me this week," said the 30-year-old after beating Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin 6-2, 6-7 (3/7), 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.

"It's not easy to handle all this in your head.

"I thought it was best to come here, take a step forward, not hide and not stay at home. I wanted to continue fighting as I have always done."