Cologne Open: Roberto Bautista-Agut vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime 10/17/20 Tennis Prediction

Cologne Open: Roberto Bautista-Agut vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime 10/17/20 Tennis Prediction Photo by Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

Roberto Bautista-Agut vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime - 2020 Cologne Open Semifinal

Saturday October 17th, 2020 / 9:20am EST

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Second seeded Roberto Bautista-Agut of Spain faces young Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in the Semifinal of the 2020 Cologne Open / Bett1Hulks Indoor Championships. The match will take place on Saturday October 17th, 2020 at 9:20am EST. Bautista-Agut leads the head to head by 1 match to 0 and will be looking to extend his lead. Does the Canadian have what it takes to defeat the Spanish veteran and advance to his first final of the year?

Roberto Bautista-Agut has a reputation of being one of the hardest workers on tour, and is always a dangerous opponent. His elite consistency coupled with his powerful flat groundstrokes make him a huge threat, especially on this surface. He struggled early on in his Quarterfinal against the Pole Hubert Hurkacz but was able to regroup and dominate the final set, winning it 6-0. He will be confident that his elite baseline play and experience will see him past the threat of the young superstar and into the final here in Germany. 

Felix Auger-Aliassime has long been considered the future of men's tennis. He burst onto the scene 4 years ago as a hugely talented youngster and has made a good career for himself. However he is yet to have that breakthrough tournament that truly catapults him into the game's elite. He has a very powerful serve and big all around game but struggles with concentration and consistency. If he is able to keep that under control he will be a huge threat to cause the upset. He was very impressive in his Quarterfinal win over Radu Albot, losing only 3 games in the process. He dominated his opponent from start to finish and will need to be at his very best here to stand a chance. 

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The young Canadian definitely has the game to win this match but I think that RBA is too solid for him to handle. FAA would have to sustain his absolute best tennis for the duration of this match which seems unlikely. The Spaniard can pounce on any lapse in concentration and I expect him to eventually come out on top. If Auger-Aliassime comes out firing he can steal the first set but I predict that RBA will figure him out and capitalize on the anticipated poor judgement in key moments from the Canadian. Roberto Bautista-Agut to win. 

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