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Rafael Nadal vs. Roberto Bautista Agut 2017 French Open Pick, Odds, Prediction

Game
Bautista Agut vs. Nadal
Date & Time Sunday June 4, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
Tennis, NBC
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Rafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista Agut meet in the fourth round of the 2017 French Open.

Rafael Nadal is coming off a straight sets win over Nikoloz Basilashvili that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Nadal won 76 percent of his first serve points and 79 percent of his second serve points. Nadal is coming off the most impressive match yet, as he won 63 percent of return points and allowed just five winners to be hit. Nadal has now lost just 15 games in his first three matches and probably has to be considered the favorite to win this tournament if he's going to stay in this current form. Nadal hopes the quarterfinals of a grand slam for the fourth time since 2015. Nadal has lost before the quarters of the French Open three times in his career. Nadal has won 10 of his last 11 matches on clay court.

Roberto Bautista Agut is coming off a straight sets win over Jiri Vesely that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Bautista Agut won 65 percent of his first serve points and 63 percent of his second serve points. Bautista Agut is coming off a painless match in which he dominated his service game and had 50 percent less unforced errors than his opponent. Bautista Agut has now won five straight sets and will have a chance here if he manages his mistakes like he has in his last two matches. Bautista Agut hopes to make the quarterfinals of a grand slam for the first time in his career. Bautista Agut has won five of his last six matches on clay court.

These two have played once in the past, which was in the 2014 Madrid Masters, a match Nadal won in straight sets. The match took 19 games to decide. This is obviously their second meeting on clay.

Bautista Agut has never made the quarters of a grand slam, and it’s hard seeing his first trip taking place by beating Nadal in his tournament. We’re talking about a guy who has lost just 15 games in three matches and just one game in his last match against a top-60 player in the world. He’s on another level right now. There’s really nothing else to say other than it’s going to take quite a performance to beat Nadal, and that goes for anybody.

Nadal advances to the quarterfinals.

Pick:
Rafael Nadal

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