Roberto Bautista-Agut vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas
|Date & Time||Monday January 21, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
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Roberto Bautista-Agut and Stefanos Tsitsipas meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Australian Open.
Roberto Bautista-Agut is coming off a five sets win over Marin Cilic that took 50 games to decide. In the victory, Bautista-Agut won 70 percent of his first serve points and 69 percent of his second serve points. Bautista-Agut won 69 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his 13 break points. Bautista-Agut has been extremely sharp with his serve for majority of this tournament and managed to grind things out in a victory that took four hours. As mentally tough as Bautista-Agut has been up to this point, however, you have to question how much he has left in the tank considering he’s played 18 sets in his first four matches. At some point we’re going to see some tired legs from the 30-year-old Spaniard. Bautista-Agut has a chance to make his first ever grand slam semifinal. Bautista-Agut has won 11 of his last 12 matches on hard court.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is coming off a four sets win over Roger Federer that took 51 games to decide. In the victory, Tsitsipas won 78 percent of his first serve points and 64 percent of his second serve points. Tsitsipas won 72 percent of his total service points and saved all 12 of his break points. Tsitsipas pressed Federer from the start of the match and looked like a 20-year-old who believed he could get the job done. Most young players are beaten before they even step onto the court due to intimidation, but Tsitsipas stood toe-to-toe with the legend and eventually prevailed in a fourth set tiebreak. The concern now for Tsitsipas is a possible letdown, as he’s never been on a stage this big and never had a victory that massive. I’ll be interesting to see how Tsitsipas handles coming off such a win. Tsitsipas has a chance to make his first ever grand slam semifinal. Tsitsipas has won five of his last six matches on hard court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
There’s obvious questions for both players, as you have to wonder how much Bautista-Agut has left in the tank after playing 18 sets. We also have no idea how Tsitsipas will handle coming off such a victory, as there is sometimes a letdown with young players. Will Tsitsipas get fat and happy with the win over his idol? You could pick either player simply by fading the other for reasons stated. As for my winner, I’m siding with Tsitsipas. He’s been the more consistent player this tournament and is the overall more talented player. Bautista-Agut has been in a ton of up and down matches, and while he’s muscled through, he could have easily been sent home numerous times. Tsitsipas showed to be a cool customer in his win over Federer and I’ll bank on that carrying over.
I like Tsitsipas to keep this breakthrough going.