Bautista-Agut vs Berdych
That's the final match in Doha between Roberto Bautista Agut and Tomas Berdych.
These two players have 6 direct matches and Tomas leads 4:2, but the stats are not the most important thing right now. I talked about Berdych abscense of the court in the 2nd part of 2018, his downfall in the ranking and that he tries to build up the things once again and of course to progress in the ranking. The start is more than amazing- a final in Doha! Some of his opponents were tricky ones, but succeeded to eliminate them(Kohlschreiber, Verdasco, Herbert and Cecchinato).
Bautista Agut also eliminated four opponents and they were Berrettini, Garcia-Lopez, Wawrinka and Djokovic. It's really impressive to win against Djokovic on hard courts and he did it after a comeback- being down with a set and a break in the 2nd. The keys of his success till now, not only against Novak were his fighting spirit and high percentage of 1st serve- in most of the matches it was over 70%. That helps a lot of sure and leads to easier and shorter points on serve. On the other side is an opponent who doesn't have a big percentage on 1st serve and relies on rallies. That's not a good option against Bautista Agut, when the Spaniard is in form and his serve is also in help.
Four of their matches were played on hard courts, so the surface is not in advantage to any of them. Bautista Agut looks more solid as current form and when we add that he can rely much more on his serve than Berdych and the confidence he will gain after the win against Djokovic, I can't miss to play him in the final. Bautista Agut to win is my pick here, probably in three sets!
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Bautista-Agut vs Berdych prediction
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