Roberto Bautista Agut will take on Marco Cecchinato in the first round of the Madrid Open 2021. Agut is currently the World no.11 on the ATP rankings and Cecchinato is the World no.104.
- Tournament: ATP Madrid Open 2021
- Match: Roberto Bautista Agut vs Marco Cecchinato
- Round: First-round
- Date: 4th May, 2021
- Prize Money: €15,060
- Venue: Madrid, Spain
- Surface: Clay Court
Roberto Bautista Agut vs Marco Cecchinato: Match Preview
Agut had a great start to the year 2021. He reached the final of events like the ATP 250 Montpellier Open and the Qatar Open. His transition to clay has been decent too. He reached the round of sixteen of the ATP 1000 event at Monte Carlo. At that stage he was beaten by an in-form Andrew Rublev. In the Barcelona Open that followed he was beaten in the round of sixteen by Jannik Sinner in two sets. Agut has lost to Sinner thrice in the last few months.
His first round opponent here is Italian Marco Cecchinato. Cecchinato recently beat two qualifiers to get into the main draw of the Monte Carlo Open. In the main draw, he lost in the round of thirty-two to David Goffin. His last tournament was the Estoril Open where he made it to the second round, but lost to Ugo Humbert. At the Madrid Open he has qualified into the main draw and would like to go a little beyond the initial rounds this time. In the qualifiers he beat Frances Tiafoe, and Roberto Carballés Baena.
Roberto Bautista Agut vs Marco Cecchinato: Head-to-Head
These two players have met just once on the tour before. It was back in 2018 at the hard courts of St. Petersburg, Russia. Agut won that contest in straight sets, 7-6 6-3 and hence leads the head to head 1-0.
Roberto Bautista Agut vs Marco Cecchinato: Prediction
Agut plays his best tennis on slow hard courts, surfaces like the ones in Dubai, but he is good on clay as well. What he lacks in raw power, he makes up with variety, cleverness of movement and guile. Cecchinato has done well to reach the main draw of the event, but it looks like this is as far as he will go in the competition this year.
Match Prediction: Roberto Bautista Agut will beat Marco Cecchinato in straight sets.