The 11th seed Roberto Bautista-Agut will play teenager Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia in the third round of the ATP Cincinnati Masters on Thursday, August 15. The match is scheduled for 2.20 pm local time (7.20 pm BST) and you can find the Roberto Bautista-Agut v Miomir Kecmanovic live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Bautista-Agut v Kecmanovic Tiafoe Head to Head
The pair have never met before. This will be the first match between the 31-year old Spaniard, and the Serb, who is 12 years his junior.
Bautista-Agut Continues to Progress
Bautista-Agut’s name is becoming a familiar one in the latter stages of major events. The surprise Wimbledon semi-finalist has reached an all-time career high world ranking of 11 based on the fact that he is usually in contention in the tournaments he enters.
After beginning the year by clinching his ninth ATP career title in Doha, he reached the quarter-finals in Melbourne before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas. Since then he reached the semi-final in Munich, and has made the last eight of two Masters events – in Miami and again in Montreal last week. He will make that a third if he beats Kecmanovic on Thursday.
Having comfortably beaten Hubert Hurkacz of Poland in the first round on Tuesday, he was given a stiffer test by Frances Tiafoe of the United States on Wednesday. Yet after seeing his opening set lead cancelled out by the American, Bautista-Agut found another gear to pull away in the third and close out the set and the match for the loss of just one further game.
Kecmanovic, Serb Teenager Makes his Mark
19 year old world number 59 Kecmanovic has just begun to graduate from the Challenger Tour where he has won two titles, the most recent of which came in Shenzhen last November.
Entered into the qualifying competition, he beat Antonie Hoang of France, and then the veteran Fernando Lopez of Spain to make the main draw, where he then impressively beat another highly rated teenager, Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada in straight sets. Kecmanovic then achieved the biggest result of his fledgling career to date on Wednesday, dumping the number seven seed Alexander Zverev out of the tournament, coming from behind to beat the German in three sets.
Bautista-Agut v Kecmanovic Predictions & Tips
Bautista-Agut is the clear favourite to win this match at 19/50, whilst Kecmanovic is priced at 223/100. Kecmanovic has done extremely well to get this far, but Bautista-Agut is battle-hardened in big tournaments now, and should have too much know-how for the young Serb.
Tip: Bautista-Agut to win in straight sets: 2/1 (888Sport)