Reilly Opelka vs. Roberto Bautista Agut - 2021 Doha Open First Round
Monday, March 8th 2021
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Roberto Bautista Agut (5) faces Reilly Opelka in the first round of the 2021 Doha Open on Monday, March 8th 2021.
Will Reilly Opelka get some good results under his belt in 2021, or will his struggles continue against the very in form Roberto Bautista Agut in this first round match?
Reilly Opelka has not played some great tennis in 2021, losing most of his matches in the opening rounds of tournaments. Opelka probably has the best serve in the game at the moment when it comes down to accuracy and speed. However, when it comes to the serve being returned into the court by his opponents, he is not the best at rallying. Opelka is too tall to get down low to the court to get the ball a lot of time and due to his height, he moves more slowly around the court than his opponents. Will Opelka be able to utilise his first serve here to give him a win in tiebreaks?
Roberto Bautista Agut has been in great form recently, making the Final of the Montpellier Open a few weeks ago. RBA is a great player in these conditions as he thrives in slower conditions which allow for long and draining rallies. RBA is one of the most experienced players on the tour over the last decade and I am sure he will have a very solid 2021 season if he plays like he has up until now and improves his consistency slightly. Can RBA cause some trouble here in Doha?
This is going to be the 3rd meeting between both players, with the head to head tied at 1-1. Based on how these two players are currently playing and their start to the 2021 season, I am going to have to back Roberto Bautista Agut to get the job done here in the first round. Reilly Opelka is not going to be able to hang in the long and draining rallies against RBA, and this is going to hurt him both in his service games and in his return games. RBA to win and book his place in the second round.