Jannik Sinner vs Roberto Bautista Agut - 2021 Barcelona Open Third Round
Thursday, April 22nd 2021
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Roberto Bautista Agut (5) meets Jannik Sinner (11) in the third round of the 2021 Barcelona Open on Thursday, April 22nd 2021.
Will Roberto Bautista Agut finally get his first win over the young Italian here in Barcelona, or will Jannik Sinner continue to beat very experienced players and show us that he is the future of the ATP Tour?
Jannik Sinner came through his match in just under 1 hour in the second round, beating Egor Gerasimov in straight sets 6-3/6-2. Jannik said after the match that he was not happy with his performance and that is a lot to say after such a dominant performance. This makes you believe that Jannik Sinner is such a good player and will improve so much because he always wants to give it his all and improve, which we do not often see from young players and have only ever seen from the greats of the sport.
Roberto Bautista Agut destroyed his friend and fellow Spaniard in the second round, Pablo Andujar, winning in straight sets 6-4/6-0. RBA always gives it 110% in a match and he has always done it this year in 2021 where he has reached very far into every tournament he has played in. RBA will know he has a very tough challenge next in Jannik Sinner and he will be hoping to get his first win over the Italian under his belt as he knows he can do it as he was so close the previous two times.
This is going to be the 3rd meeting between both players, with Jannik Sinner leading the head to head 2-0. RBA was very close to actually winning those two matches, but he was not able to convert on the chances in the final sets of both matches. Here, in his home country, on a surface he is very comfortable on, I expect this match to go the way of the experienced Spaniard who will want to put on a performance in front of his home crowd and show the young guns that he is not to be underestimated as he is at his peak.