Dutra Silva vs Bautista-Agut by Estebaneiro
Rogerio Dutra Silva surprisingly beaten Dusan Lajovic two days ago, after a tight three setter where both players were close to victory in third set. Rogerio got an early break, then Lajovic came back, and at the final stage of the set he was two points from winning a match being 30:0 up on Rogerio's serve, but failed to convert this opportunity, Rogerio came back, and clinched the match in the tiebreak. However, Silva is generally not a hard court player, and he spends most of his season on clay. Since 2014 he played just 9 tournament matches, including this against Lajovic. Don't get me wrong, he is not totally clueless on this surface, and he had a period prior to 2014 where he played a little more on hard courts, but even then it was mostly minor challenger tournaments in South/Central America which are usually not that strong seeded.
I have only one problem with Bautista Agut here - he didn't play in 2017 yet, therefore his form is a small question mark. However, he is by far at least a class above Silva, with far better skills, and wider array of shots. Last year only he was 29/11 on hard courts, and in the final part of 2016 season he reached a final in the prestigous tournament in Shanghai beating Tsonga, Djokovic, Troicki on his way, and losing only to Andy Murray, even though first set was an extremely close encounter.
I don't see too many chances for Silva here, and if Agut will be able to find his rhythm sooner rather than later, he should be able to close the deal comfortably in two sets.
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