Roberto Bautista Agut vs Pedro Martinez
July 28, 2021 12:00 pm EDT
Second seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain will face countryman Pedro Martinez in the Round of 16 of the Austria Open. The match is scheduled to be played on Wednesday July 28th, 2021 at a time yet to be determined.
Roberto Bautista Agut is one of the most consistent performers on the ATP Tour, and has been ranked in the top 20 for quite a few years. He will face his countryman Pedro Martinez in the Round of 16 here at the Atlanta Open. Martinez has shown some flashes of brilliance this year but has not been able to do it for a prolonged period, and will be up against it here. Can he cause the huge upset and knock his heavily favored countryman out?
Roberto Bautista Agut is the second seed here in Austria and is ranked number 16 on the ATP Tour. He has built a reputation over the years as being a very solid and consistent performer, one that very rarely has bad days or gives points away. He uses his ultra-consistent and aggressive flat groundstrokes to wear his opponents down from the baseline, and is extremely strong tactically. Despite his reputation, he has not been having a great year by his high standards, and he will have his eyes firmly set on the title here to get his season back on track. He enters this event in poor form having lost in the First Round last week to Arthur Rinderknech, and will be the big favorite to win here over Pedro Martinez.
Pedro Martinez is not seeded here at the Kitzbuhel Open, and is ranked #97 in the world rankings. He has been outstanding this year in doubles, but his singles results have not quite been as impressive. Like his opponent Roberto Bautista Agut, Martinez enters this event in poor form, losing in straight sets in the First Round last week in Umag, and knows he will have to be much better here in Austria. Unfortunately for the Spaniard, he has been given a very difficult draw, and will have to be at his absolutely best to stand a chance here against the second seeded RBA. While he is a very consistent baseline player, he lacks the weapons and firepower that are needed to defeat his opponent, and is likely in for a tough day at the office here.
This will be the first time that the two players are meeting each other on the ATP Tour, and I am expecting a relatively easy win for Roberto Bautista Agut. He is better in almost every single area, plus has more experience and I don’t think that Pedro Martinez has the required level to trouble the world number 16. RBA is one of the heavy favorites to win the title here in Kitzbuhel, and I am expecting him to comfortably cruise to victory in straight sets.