Roberto Bautista Agut vs Feliciano Lopez - Australian Open first round preview and prediction
It is a clash of two scintillating Spaniards as Feliciano Lopez and Roberto Bautista Agut lock horns in the first slam of the year.
- Agut has never beaten Lopez on hard-courts
- Head to head, Lopez and Agut are tied 2-2
- World number 9 Agut reached the quarters in Melbourne last year
- World number 61 Lopez crashed out in the first round in 2019
Agut's recent form has been terrific. Though Spain lost in the finals of the ATP Cup, he was unbeaten as he won five singles matches in straight sets.hes.
On the other hand, the veteran "Feli" won three matches in doubles. Lopez and Pablo Carreno Busta came up a cropper in the finals against Serbia, losing in straight sets.
Lopez choose more match practice as he reached the quarterfinals of the Auckland Open. He defeated World number 12 and top seed Fabio Fognini in three sets. In a thrilling quarterfinal, Lopez fought hard before losing to World number 34, Hubert Hurkacz 4-6 7-6(11) 4-6.
Strengths of Agut
Mental toughness, fantastic form and ability to deliver under pressure are the biggest plus points for Agut
Strengths of Lopez
Versatility in game, vast experience and strong stamina are the advantages for Lopez
The heat will play a big factor in deciding the outcome of the match. With players affected severely in the qualifying, Agut and Lopez will have to stay at the pink of their fitness to survive the encounter.
With his highest ever ranking and a lot of ATP points at stake, Agut will look to finish off the match in quick fashion. On the other hand, Lopez will look to deliver a big upset.
Fatigue will be a concern for Lopez as he has played back to back tournaments.
From compatriots to opponents in just a few days, these two warriors will look to give it their all.
Prediction - Roberto Bautista Agut to win in four sets
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