Roberto Bautista Agut vs Stefano Travaglia
June 24, 2021 12:00 am EDT
Third seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut will face unseeded Italian Stefano Travaglia in the Round of 16 of the 2021 Mallorca Open. The match is scheduled for Wednesday June 23rd, 2021 at approximately 11:45am EST.
Roberto Bautista Agut is the world number 10 player and is seeded third here at home at the 2021 Mallorca Open. RBA has built a reputation as one of the hardest working and most consistent performers on the ATP Tour, and will be hoping to have a solid performance here in Mallorca as he finalizes his preparation for Wimbledon. The Spaniard lost in the First Round in Halle to the talented American Sebastian Korda and will be hoping for a better performance on home soil. Despite grass being his least favored surface, he still has one grass court title on his resume and is a dangerous opponent on any surface. His hard, flat groundstrokes will be hard to cope with on this faster surface and he enters this match as the heavy favorite over Stefano Travaglia.
Stefano Travaglia is ranked #86 in the world rankings and is unseeded here at the 2021 Mallorca Open. The Italian is mainly considered a clay court specialist, and has never performed particularly well on grass. Travaglia has been in extremely poor form lately, winning only one match in his past seven tournaments and his prospects getting any further here in Mallorca aren’t looking great as he has to face third seed Roberto Bautista Agut. Despite his poor form, he defeated former Wimbledon Quarter-Finalist Guido Pella in the First Round and will be hoping he can cause the massive upset here and advance to his first ever grass court Quarter Final.
The two players have never faced each other on the ATP Tour, and their first meeting will be on a surface that neither of them feel truly comfortable. Despite this, I expect this to be a straightforward win for the experienced Spaniard. He hasn’t been in the best of form lately, but neither has his opponent and I think he will take advantage of that. Stefano Travaglia lacks the firepower to trouble RBA on this quicker surface and he should advance to the Quarter-Finals here in Mallorca without many difficulties.