World number 11 Roberto Bautista Agut will take on Italy’s and world number 104 Marco Cecchinato in the first round of the 2021 Madrid Open on Tuesday, May 4. Get the live streaming options of this Roberto Bautista Agut v Marco Cecchinato match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Roberto Bautista Agut v Marco Cecchinato Head to Head
Their only previous meeting came at the 2018 St. Petersburg Open where Bautista-Agut won the quarterfinal against Cecchinato in straight sets.
Bautista Agut Hoping to Replicate Hard Court Form
After a relatively slow time on court last season, Bautista Agut looks to have rediscovered his rhythm this year. Most of his favourable results, however, have come on indoor and outdoor hard court surfaces and he is still looking to replicate that success on clay.
For instance, Bautista Agut made the final of the Montpellier Open, and followed it up with a second final in Doha. The latter result was particular special given it consisted of wins over Dominic Thiem and Andrey Rublev.
And the Bautista Agut juggernaut refused to stop at that, with the Spaniard defeating John Isner and Daniil Medvedev to carve out a place in the semifinal of the Miami Masters in March.
What he would want now is to do better than the third round exit at both, the Monte-Carlo Masters and Barcelona Open.
Cecchinato Makes Past Tricky Qualifier
While he is ranked outside the top 100 at the moment, there was a time Cecchinato was 16th in the world and it had been thanks to his performances on clay. All three of his ATP titles, which came in 2018 and 2019, had come on red dirt too.
And while his struggles have been well-chronicled in the recent past, Cecchinato has looked to have carve his way back in the recent months. The results haven’t been extraordinary by his lofty previous standards but there’s that sense of gnawing away at them and waiting for an opportunity to go deeper.
At the Monte-Carlo Masters, for instance, Cecchinato qualified for the main draw and won a round. There have also been matches won in Cagliari, Belgrade and Estoril as well and for now, the problems from early in the season when he was 1-6 on win-loss, seem to have been pushed behind for the moment.
Can Cecchinato now test a world number 11?
Bautista Agut v Cecchinato Prediction and Tip
Bautista-Agut is a strong favourite here, but we think the match might not finish up being one-way traffic. Games handicap looks to be a good one here.