The number one seed Roberto Bautista-Agut of Spain will face the number five seed Joao Sousa of Portugal in the quarter-final of the ATP Swiss Open at Gstaad on Friday, July 26. The match is scheduled from 1.45 pm local time (12.45 BST) and you can find the Roberto Bautista-Agut v Joao Sousa live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Roberto Bautista-Agut v Joao Sousa Head to Head
The pair have played each other nine times before, with Batuista-Agut leading their head to head series by seven matches to two. The Spaniard won all their matches on the Challenger and ITF Futures tours, and whilst Sousa won twice in 2015, including a victory on clay at Umag in Croatia, Batuista-Agut has won all their subsequent encounters, albeit for the fact that they have all come on hard courts.
Bautista-Agut Needs to Step Up A Level
The top seed played his first match on Thursday, since losing his Wimbledon semi-final to Novak Djokovic. Since then he has taken time out to enjoy the bachelor party which had to be postponed because of his unexpected run at the All-England Club.
Whether he was still mentally back in Ibiza with his friends, or was a little ring rusty after his lay-off, the Spaniard really struggled in his second round match with compatriot Jaume Munar, clinching the first set on a tie-break, and relying on a solitary break of serve in the second to help clinch the match. He had problems with his first serve, in particular, and needed his second serve to get him out of trouble on a number of occasions. In the end it was his superior ability to return that helped get him over the line.
He will know, however, that if he wants to win his 10th ATP title this week, he will need to step his level of performance up.
Sousa, Looking to Overturn History
Nicknamed Conquistador because he shares a birthplace with his country’s first king, Sousa is widely regarded as the finest ever Portuguese tennis player. Now aged 30, he has won three senior ATP titles, the most recent of which came in front of his home fans at Estoril last year.
2019 has not been his best year on tour for the world number 49 – his quarter final in Bastad last week was the furthest he has reached in any tournament in 2019 to date.
However, he has begun this event in comfortable fashion. First he beat Steve Darcis of Belgium in straight sets on Thursday, 6-4, 6-4, and then followed that up with victory over Italian wildcard Gian Marco Moroni, by the same score line.
Bautista-Agut v Sousa Predictions & Tips
Bautista-Agut is the odds on favourite to win this match at 13/50 whilst Sousa is priced at 51/20. Whilst the Spaniard was a long way from his best in his win over Munar, the victory will have boosted his confidence, and he will be hoping he can get back to the form that saw him reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon. If he can recapture that form, he should have too much for Sousa.
Tip: Bautista-Agut to win in straight sets: 5/6 (888Sport)