Karen Khachanov vs. Roberto Bautista-Agut
Friday, July 5, 2019 at 6:30 AM (All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club)
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Karen Khachanov and Roberto Bautista-Agut meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis Wimbledon.
Karen Khachanov is coming off a four sets win over Feliciano Lopez that took 42 games to decide. In the victory, Khachanov won 82 percent of his first serve points and 53 percent of his second serve points. Khachanov won 71 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his 10 break points. Khachanov got 64 percent of his first serves in play, saved eight of his 10 break points and hit 10 aces. Khachanov is serving at a high enough level to make him a contender for a deep run, but he’s already played nearly six hours of tennis, so fatigue may play a factor for the Russian at some point. Khachanov hopes to make a grand slam fourth round appearance for the fifth time in his career. Khachanov has won five of his last seven matches on grass court.
Roberto Bautista-Agut is coming off a straight sets win over Steve Darcis that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Bautista-Agut won 80 percent of his first serve points and 58 percent of his second serve points. Bautista-Agut won 73 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his 10 break points. Bautista-Agut got 67 percent of his first serves in play and didn’t face a single break point in a win that took a little over an hour and a half. Bautista-Agut has been broken just once in his last five completed sets and has played just three hours of tennis to get to this point. Bautista-Agut hopes to make his 11th career grand slam fourth round appearance and third ever at Wimbledon. Bautista-Agut has won five of his last seven matches on grass court.
These two have played five times and Bautista-Agut has won three of those matches, but Khachanov won the most recent match this year in Rome. Bautista-Agut won the only match on grass last year in Halle. Three of the five matches hav gone the distance.
Bautista-Agut has been the sharper player up to this point and hasn’t had to work nearly as hard to get here. I also like the finesse game that Bautista-Agut brings to the table, which will be effective on grass court and throw Khachanov out of his rhythm. Khachanov doesn’t have much of a track record on grass and has looked uncomfortable at times through his first two matches.
Bautista-Agut makes the Wimbledon fourth round for the third time in his last four appearances.