Fabio Fognini vs. Roberto Bautista-Agut
|Date & Time||Saturday June 1, 2019, 5:00 AM (EDT)|
Roland Garros Stadium
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Fabio Fognini and Roberto Bautista-Agut meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis French Open.
Fabio Fognini is coming off a four sets win over Federico Delbonis that took 37 games to decide. In the victory, Fognini won 62 percent of his first serve points and 65 percent of his second serve points. Fognini won 62 percent of his total service points and converted on seven of his 11 break points. Fognini got 72 percent of his first serves in play and saved eight of his 12 break points. Fognini has been broken six times this tournament and is coming off a match where he had 13 more unforced errors than winners, but for the most part he looks solid and hasn’t had many stressful points through two matches. Fognini looks to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the third time since 2015. Fognini has won six of his last eight matches on clay court.
Roberto Bautista-Agut is coming off a straight sets win over Taylor Fritz that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Bautista-Agut won 88 percent of his first serve points and 52 percent of his second serve points. Bautista-Agut won 75 percent of his total service points and converted on six of his 10 break points. Bautista-Agut got 63 percent of his first serves in play and saved one of his two break points. Bautista-Agut has won all six sets this tournament and has been broken just once. With a combined 27 unforced errors through his first two matches, Bautista-Agut has easily been one of the cleaner players up to this point and looks to win three straight matches for the first time since Miami. Bautista-Agut looks to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the fifth time since 2017. Bautista-Agut has won four of his last six matches on clay court.
These two have played 10 times and Fognini won seven of those matches. Bautista-Agut won the most recent match this year in Miami. Fognini won both matches on clay. Six of the 10 meetings were decided in straight sets.
Through two matches, Bautista-Agut has looked like the better player and has made far and away less errors. I’m not mad at you if you’re backing the Spaniard. With that said, Fognini has owned Bautista-Agut over the years and still has another gear that he can reach when needed. Many pegged Fognini as a dark horse this tournament and he’s capable of playing better than what he’s shown, which is a positive sign moving forward. Bautista-Agut usually is what he is and that lack of finding another level is why he doesn’t have much deep success on the grand slam stage.
I give Fognini the slight edge.