World number 11 from Russia, Karen Khachanov has made it into the third round of the 2019 ATP Australian Open. At this stage of the Australian Open, Karen Khachanov is set to play Roberto Bautista Agut from Spain.
Roberto Bautista Agut enters this match having won his previous fixture in 5 sets against John Millman. During the win, Agut returned serve very well. Roberto Bautista Agut won over 40% of his return points which allowed him to win 7 break points. Both of Roberto Bautista Agut’s matches have gone 5 sets after the Spaniard beat Andy Murray in a close contest in the opening round. With the weather being extremely hot in Melbourne, it is going to be hard for Roberto Bautista Agut to avoid the symptoms of fatigue considering he has spent a significant amount of time on the court.
In comparison, Karen Khachanov won his previous match in straight sets. It was a simple win for Khachanov as he won 7 break points while only losing 2 service games in the entire match. Khachanov ended the 2018 season very strongly as the Russian won the ATP Paris Masters and ATP Kremlin Cup to end the year as world number 11. Since his recent title win, Karen Khachanov has looked very composed and confident on the court and that has made him very hard to beat.
Roberto Bautista Agut and Karen Khachanov have played 3 times in the past. As it currently stands, Roberto Bautista Agut has the stronger head-to-head record of 2-1. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 at ATP Halle where Roberto Bautista Agut won in 3 sets.
As far as this match is concerned, I am going to pick Karen Khachanov to win. While Roberto Bautista Agut has been in good form, the Spaniard looks fatigued and I see that impacting his performance. Karen Khachanov looks fresh and confident. I see Khachanov winning this match and making the fourth round of the tournament.