Pablo Andujar vs Roberto Bautista-Agut
Pablo Andujar will play against Roberto Bautista-Agut in the round of 16 in Zhuhai. The game is on Thursday, 26 September and will not start before 09:30 UK and you can read this best tennis prediction for today.
Pablo Andujar world number 53 did amazing in the US Open after beating in the 1st round Kyle Edmund in 5 sets in a game in which Andujar was a big underdog. In the 2nd round, the Spanish was again underdog against Lorenzo Sonego but won in straight sets. He was finally favorite in the 3rd round where he faced Alexander Bublik and won again in 3 sets. His fairytale ended in the round of 16 where he faced Gael Monfils and fully expected lost without winning a set. Before the Grand Slam, he tried his luck in Winston Salem where he beat in the first round world number 76 Nicolas Jarry but lost his second match in the tournament from Feliciano Lopez after 3 sets. His last tournament before Zhuhai was in Metz and he lost in the 1st round from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who after that won the tournament. In China, he beat in his first game Steve Johnson.
Bautista-Agut world number 10 will not want to remember his performance in this year US Open where he was the big favorite against world number 58 Mikhail Kukushkin but lost after 5 sets in the 1st round. Before the Grand Slam he played in Montreal – Masters where he won in the 1st, 2nd and round 16 with 2:0 against Bernard Tomic, Diego Schwartzman, and Richard Gasquet but lost in the quarterfinal from Gael Monfils. In Cincinnati the Spanish also won his first three matches in the tournament after beating Hubert Hurkacz, Frances Tiafoe and Miomir Kecmanovic but again was eliminated in the quarterfinal this time from another French player – Richard Gasquet.
Andujar and Bautista-Agut played on clay in Barcelona 2018 and Roberto won that game between the two Spanish players. Bautista-Agut is the big favorite and I expect him to win in straight sets because he showed in the Masters that he can play on hard and after the disappointment in the US Open will be hungry to win.
Best tennis prediction for today: Bautista-Agut 2:0