Fourth seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain will play World No. 157 Rudolf Molleker of Germany in the second round of the BMW Open on Thursday, May 2nd. The match is scheduled to take place not before 12:20 pm (11:20 BST). You can find the Roberto Bautista Agut v Rudolf Molleker live streaming options here.
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Roberto Bautista Agut v Rudolf Molleker Head to Head
There is no history of any previous meetings between these two players.
Bautista Agut Struggling To Keep Up January Form
Roberto Bautista Agut’s brilliant start to 2019 had etched his name as tour-leader in terms of match wins and was genuine contender in Melbourne after beating Novak Djokovic in Qatar.
Despite a strong showing in Miami where he again beat the World No.1 with another comeback win, he succumbed to injuries and fatigue which played a part in his return of two wins in February.
The Spaniard was well beaten by his compatriot Rafael Nadal on his first outing on the clay in Monte Carlo, but there is certainly no shame in losing to the man who is the King on that surface.
Molleker Will Be Buoyed By Home Support
Rudolf Molleker, the World No. 157, overcame a spirited fightback from Marius Copil in the opening round with a solid display of serving particularly in third set to book a first-ever meeting against Bautista Agut.
The German will be cheered by a vociferous home crowd and he will be motivated to tame the fourth seed that could be vulnerable especially at this early stage.
The 18-year-old is appearing in the main draw of a tour-level tournament for the first time since the Australian Open thanks to a wildcard entry. While he may be vastly inexperienced at this level, he has recorded some impressive wins under his belt including upsets over David Ferrer, Leonardo Mayer and Jan-Lennard Struff
Bautista Agut v Molleker Predictions & Tips
The gulf in class and experience between these two players is huge, but Rudolf Molleker should not be underestimated. He is still very raw on tour level but he has beaten David Ferrer before and the former Hamburg champion Leo Mayer, both on clay. Bautista Agut is odds on favorite to win here and rightly so, but Molleker is capable of making this more troublesome for the fourth seed.
Tip: Bautista-Agut to win in three sets: 29/10 (888Sport)