Bautista vs. Del Potro
|Date & Time||Friday August 12, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Juan Martin Del Potro and Roberto Bautista Agut meet in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.
Juan Martin Del Potro is coming off a three set win over Taro Daniel that took 28 games to decide. Del Potro has played six sets in his last two matches but has lost just nine games combined in his last four sets he’s won. Del Potro has been the surprise of the tournament after beating Novak Djokovic in the first round, and now he’s found ways to survive and advance since. While many are waiting for the clock to strike midnight on Del Potro, keep in mind he does have a bronze medal from 2012, so he’s used to this type of environment and has success in it. Del Potro has won eight of his last 11 matches on hard court.
Roberto Bautista Agut is coming off a straight sets win over Gilles Müller that took 23 games to decide. Bautista Agut has yet to drop a set this tournament and is representing Spain well the same way he did in the 2009 Mediterranean Games. Bautista Agut has had an impressive 2016 season and will continue to be in the running for success as long as he serves well. Bautista Agut has cruised through much of his matches to get to this point and has been able to put a lot of pressure on his opponent by playing overall clean tennis. Despite the titles, this may be the biggest match yet for Bautista Agut. Bautista Agut has won 15 of his last 20 matches on hard court.
These two have met once in the past, which was in the 2014 Australian Open, a match Bautista Agut won in five sets.
Bautista Agut beat Del Potro back when he was a top-10 player a couple of years ago. Despite his success in this tournament, he’s simply not the same guy right now. Bautista Agut has been far more consistent overall this year and this season if we're being honest.
I have to side with Bautista Agut in victory.