Roger Federer vs. Roberto Bautista-Agut
|Date & Time||Thursday October 11, 2018, 7:00 AM (EDT)|
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Roberto Bautista-Agut and Roger Federer meet in the third round of the 2018 tennis Shanghai Masters.
Roberto Bautista-Agut is coming off a three sets win over Mackenzie McDonald that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Bautista-Agut won 76 percent of his first serve points and 40 percent of his second serve points. Bautista-Agut won 66 percent of his total service points and produced five breaks on 13 break points. Bautista-Agut lost a combined five games in the final two sets after dropping the opening set, and he’s now given himself 17 break points in his last two matches. With wins now in five of his last seven matches, Bautista-Agut is starting to build some momentum after some recent struggles. Bautista-Agut has a chance to win three matches in a single tournament for the fourth time in his last seven tries. Bautista-Agut has split his last four matches on hard court.
Roger Federer is coming off a three sets win over Daniil Medvedev that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 82 percent of his first serve points and 36 percent of his second serve points. Federer won 69 percent of his total service points and produced three breaks on nine break points. It wasn’t the prettiest match from Federer, but he got 71 percent of his first serves in play and buckled down when he needed to buckle down. Federer has now won 22 of his last 26 matches and continues to win the big points to kind of bury his opponent. Federer hopes to make the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters for the 10th time in his last 12 appearances. Federer has won eight of his last 10 matches on hard court.
These two have played seven times and Federer has won all seven matches in straight sets. The most recent match was in Montreal of 2017, a match Federer won in 20 games.
Bautista-Agut is playing well at the moment and has the craftiness to give Federer a run, but all you have to do is look at the head to head numbers and predict how this match is going to go. Seven matches and not even a set won? No, thank you.
Federer reaches the quarters of this tournament again.