Troicki vs. Agut
|Date & Time||Friday August 26, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Roberto Bautista Agut and Viktor Troicki meet Friday in the semifinals of the 2016 Winston-Salem Open on ESPN2.
Roberto Bautista Agut is coming off a straight sets win over Yen-Hsun Lu that took 17 games to decide. Agut has played eight sets this tournament and the workload is getting quite large considering he made the quarterfinals of the olympics. Agut has to be getting fatigued at this point but has a great chance to make his ninth career final. If Agut can continue to limit his unforced errors, he’ll be in good shape. Agut has won four straight semifinal appearances and hopes to reach his third final of the season. Agut has won six of his last eight matches on hard court.
Viktor Troicki is coming off a three set victory over Fernando Verdasco that took 29 games to decide. Troicki came into this tournament in brutal form after not winning a match since the Wimbledon, and now he’s one win away from possibly winning his fourth career title. Troicki has to be rather confident given his current stretch and would love to build even more momentum heading into the US Open. Troicki has won four of his last five semifinal appearances and hopes to make the third final of the season. Troicki has lost five of his last eight matches on hard court.
These two have played once, which was in this year's Sofia Open, a match Agut one in straight sets. The match took 19 games to decide.
Agut has been red hot ever since his run at the olympics and should be able to take care of Troicki, who is coming off a long, draining match and hasn’t been that consistent at all this season.
I like Agut to win this match in straight sets.