Roberto Bautista Agut faces and compatriot and qualifier Mario Vilella Martinez in the first round of the 2021 French Open on Sunday, May 30. Get the live streaming options of this Roberto Bautista Agut v Mario Vilella Martinez match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Roberto Bautista Agut v Mario Vilella Martinez Head to Head
Sunday’s first-round match will be the first meeting between Roberto Bautista Agut and compatriot Mario Vilella Martinez.
Bautista Agut Beaten By Rublev in Rome
After finishing runner-up in Montpellier and Doha, and a semifinal showing in Miami, Roberto Bautista Agut rounded off a fantastic first quarter despite his failure to end his title drought which extends to its second year.
The hard grafting Spaniard did not have the best form on clay by his own high standards. The 33-year-old made the Round of 16 in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, and Rome. Aside from that, he suffered an early exit on home soil when he lost a third-set tiebreak to John Isner in the second round of Madrid Masters.
Bautista Agut’s most recent loss to Andrey Rublev in Rome has put the Russian in charge of their head-to-head (now 4-3 in Rublev’s favor), in what was their third meeting of 2021.
Despite suffering his 12th defeat of the season, there were glimpses of his old form during the week at the Italian capital. He beat two dangerous floaters in the shape of Cristian Garin and Tommy Paul, and actually ran Rublev close in the aforementioned Round of 16 meeting.
How will the Spaniard fare against a compatriot who will be making his French Open main draw debut?
Vilella Martinez Qualifies for Roland Garros
Mario Vilella Martinez came through qualifying to book his spot in the main draw of the French Open for the first time in his career.
The 25-year-old beat Dennis Novak and Filip Horansky, before coming from a set down to knock out Peter Gojowczyk in the final round of qualifying.
Vilella Martinez had broken new ground at Grand Slam level by reaching the main draw of the Australian Open in each of the last two editions. However, his love for the clay is unmatched, and he was in a celebratory mood after beating the German Gojowczyk to reach the main draw of the clay Slam.
He landed about 76% of first serves in, and saved a whopping 9 out of 11 breakpoints to preserve his lead in the second and third sets when he mounted an unlikely comeback.
Bautista Agut v Viella Martinez Prediction and Tip
While this may not be a cushy opener, Bautista Agut is vastly superior at every level compared to his countryman. Expect the experienced Spaniard to progress.