Swiss tennis superstar, Stan Wawrinka is set to play Roberto Bautista Agut from Spain in the quarterfinals of the 2018 ATP Qatar Open in Doha.
Roberto Bautista Agut had a very comfortable second round match as he won in straight sets. It was a very dominant performance by Roberto Bautista Agut as he won 4 return games while only losing 1 service game to set up a very easy win. The returning was exceptionally impressive by Roberto Bautista Agut as he won over 66% of the points played during his opponents serve. While the win was impressive, Roberto Bautista Agut will know that he needs to continue playing his best tennis as Wawrinka will be a much stronger challenge.
On the other side of the coin, Stan Wawrinka also had a very easy win as he beat Nicolas Jarry in straight set. Typical to his style, Wawrinka was exceptional while serving as he won all of his service game. Wawrinka won over 75% of the points played during his service games and that ensured Jarry had no chances to gain any advantages in the contest. This style of play should be very useful for Wawrinka in this match as he is playing an opponent who relies heavily on a strong return. Wawrinka is hugely experienced and very accomplished so he should be feeling confident as he enters this match.
Stan Wawrinka and Roberto Bautista Agut have played once in the past. The match was at ATP St Petersburg in 2016 where Wawrinka won in straight sets.
Looking at all the information, I am going to pick Stan Wawrinka to win this match. While Roberto Bautista Agut has had a good tournament, Wawrinka simply looks better. Furthermore, Wawrinka’s experience and strong serve should be too much for Roberto Bautista Agut. I see Stan Wawrinka making his first semi-final of the season.