Bautista-Agut vs Verdasco
Match from the first round in Australian Open between the Spaniards Roberto Bautista Agut and Fernando Verdasco.
There's no way to miss playing this game. I love picking on matches where both players know each other perfectly well and they trained and played so many times. They are about 30 or over as age, so both of them have a lot of experience and I'm sure they will make excellent match. Verdasco leads 3:1 against Bautista Agut, but none of them is in GS tournament, only 2of3 sets tournaments. All of the matches were decided after 3 sets till now, so 4 or 5 sets here look almost guaranteed.
The moment form is totally on Bautista Agut and I'm confident he will progress to the 2nd round. He comes in Melbourne after he won the title in Auckland beating opponents like Del Potro, Johnson and Robin Haase. His hardest match was obviously against Robin when Bautista showed excellent nerves winning after 3 tie-breaks. He showed some weaknesses against him or against Del Potro and Johnson, but these ups and downs are so typical for him. I know him as a player who can lose the first set 6:1 and then to win the next one 6:1- sometimes it's totally unpredictable what's happening in his head. That's why I never search handycaps(sets, games) in his matches- just the final outcome.
Fernando is a player who can surprise you if you underestimate him. It's impossible here.. Fernando performed so bad against De Minaur in Sydney, when he was under pressure by the teenager. In Doha another youngster like Rublev eliminated him. I don't see more than 5-10% chances for him to eliminate Agut in their nowadays form.
Agut to progress after 3:1 win by me!
Bautista-Agut vs Verdasco prediction
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