Roberto Bautista-Agut vs. Joao Sousa
|Date & Time||Friday July 26, 2019, 8:00 AM (EDT)|
Roy Emerson Arena
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Roberto Bautista-Agut and Joao Sousa meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Swiss Open.
Roberto Bautista-Agut is coming off a straight sets win over Jaume Munar that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Bautista-Agut won 77 percent of his first serve points and 57 percent of his second serve points. Bautista-Agut won 69 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his 10 break points. Bautista-Agut got 61 percent of his first serves in play and saved two of his three break points. Bautista-Agut has now won six of his last seven matches and will continue to be a force on tour as long as that serve holds up at a high level. Bautista-Agut has won four of his last six matches on clay court.
Joao Sousa is coming off a straight sets win over Gian Marco Moroni that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Sousa won 81 percent of his first serve points and 48 percent of his second serve points. Sousa won 69 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his six break points. Sousa got 65 percent of his first serves in play and saved both of his break points. Sousa has won all four sets this tournament and has yet to be broken during that span. Sousa looks to win three matches for the second time in his last three tournaments. Sousa has won four of his last five matches on clay court.
These two have played seven times and Bautista-Agut has won five of those matches, most recently the 2018 Basel. Bautista-Agut has won the last three matches against Sousa, but he lost the only meeting on clay in 2015 Umag. Four of the matches have gone the distance.
Sousa is playing well enough tennis to win this match, but he’s going up against somebody in Bautista-Agut who has owned him over the years. Bautista-Agut is also serving at a high level, and he’s capable of beating anybody on any given day when he’s hitting his spots with consistency.
You have to like Bautista-Agut to stay hot and advance to the semis.