Tommy Paul vs. Roberto Bautista Agut - 2021 Monaco Masters Second Round
Wednesday, April 14th 2021
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Roberto Bautista Agut (9) meets Tommy Paul in the second round of the 2021 Monaco Masters on Wednesday, April 14th 2021.
Will Tommy Paul come out here ready to cause an upset and get himself into the third round in Monaco, or will Roberto Bautista Agut dominate and show that he is one of the toughest opponents anyone can meet on the ATP Tour?
Tommy Paul did not have to play much in the first round, as his opponent Pedro Martinez had to retire 4-1 down in the first set due to injury. Paul will definitely have enough energy coming into this second round match due to this, but he will have to ensure he is ready in his game to go the distance with someone like Roberto Bautista Agut. Paul is definitely rising up the rankings and raising his level with every tournament he plays, but he is also not at the level he needs to be to compete with the top 15 in the world.
Roberto Bautista Agut is just a beast in my opinion on the ATP Tour, destroying everyone and anyone in his sights recently. Roberto is not afraid of players with big serves or shots, as he is able to return most of the balls thrown at him and ensure that he tires his opponents out in the long run. Roberto is definitely at the peak of his game, even at the age of 32, and he will want to keep this going for the next few years before he calls it quits.
This is going to be the first meeting between both players, and I am sure this is going to be a domination by the very experienced and top level Spaniard, Roberto Bautista Agut. Tommy Paul is a solid player, and he will be confident in his ability to get some stuff going his way in this match. However, I just do not see him being able to hang into very long rallies without being tempted to go for big winners and hitting mostly unforced errors against a player who will return everything. RBA to win.