Consistent Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut plays Next Gen Russian Andrey Rublev in the quarter-finals of the 2020 Hamburg Open on Friday, September 25. The match begins at around 12.30 pm local time (11.30 am BST). Get the live streaming options of this Roberto Bautista Agut v Andrey Rublev match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Roberto Bautista Agut v Andrey Rublev Head to Head
This will be the fourth match between Agut and Rublev. All their meetings have been on hard courts, with Agut leading the head-to-head 2-1. Their last meeting was at the 2019 Davis Cup where Rublev won in a final set tiebreak. This will be their first meeting on clay.
New Dad Agut Getting Accustomed To Clay
Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut was off the tour for a week after the US Open, as he is a newly turned father, with his wife giving birth last week. He has been among the more consistent players on the tour in the last season and a half. 2019 was a phenomenal season for Agut, breaking into the top ten in the ATP rankings, being a semi-finalist at Wimbledon, and winning the Davis Cup title for Spain.
2020 got off to a strong start, with him winning all his matches at the ATP Cup, but an unexpected third round loss to Marin Cilic at the Australian Open, brought about a drop in form through the rest of the season until the pandemic break.
Agut returned to the tour in good form at the Western & Southern Open, defeating Daniil Medvedev at the quarter-finals of the Western & Southern Open and being two points from victory, serving for the match in the semi-finals against Novak Djokovic. The Spaniard looked in good touch coming into the US Open, and looked good for a deep run, till he gave up a two set to one lead against Vasik Pospisil for a surprise third round exit.
After the week long break from the tour and the birth of his son, Agut returned to the clay this week at Hamburg hoping to get himself into form ahead of the French Open next week. The Spaniard started with a very convincing win against two time defending champion Nikoloz Basilashvili, and although he was pushed in the next round by in-form German Dominik Koepfer, Agut prevailed in a decider.
In-Form Rublev Looking For Deep Run Ahead of Slam
After a year full of injuries, Andrey Rublev returned to the tour in the latter part of 2019. The Russian performed well to win the Kremlin Cup, as well as register wins against the best on the tour such as Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem and others. Incidentally, the Hamburg Open in July 2019 was one of the big turnaround events of Rublev’s career.
2020 got off to a perfect start for Rublev, who won the Qatar Open and Adelaide International in early-mid January. He broke into the top 20 of the ATP rankings, and arrived in Melbourne for the Australian Open high on confidence.
A fourth round loss to Alexander Zverev made for a disappointing exit, but he followed it with quarter-final losses at both Rotterdam and Dubai ATP 500s, before the season closed down for the pandemic.
After a disappointing early loss at the Western & Southern Open, Rublev looked in very good form at the US Open. He was a quarter-finalist and lost to compatriot Daniil Medvedev in three tight sets, after four convincing wins including a victory against Italian Matteo Berrettini.
Rublev’s return to clay was off to a disappointing start with a second round loss to Hubert Hurkacz at Rome last week. However, he has looked better this week with a win against Tennys Sandgren in the opener and a well-fought three set win against American Tommy Paul.
The Russian will be aware that the challenge gets significantly harder here on,
Agut v Rublev Prediction and Tip
This is a battle between two players who have been in good form, with not much to choose from. Both start as dangerous floaters at the French Open, and will be someone the top seeds will want to avoid in the draw. With Agut still settling back into the routine, Rublev may just snatch this one in a decider.
Tip: Rublev to win in three sets: 10/3 (bet365)