The exciting young third seed Felix Auger-Aliassime is set to battle against the second seed, Roberto Bautista Agut, in the semifinals of the Bett1Hulks Indoors Tournament 2020 in Cologne.
- • Fixture: Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Roberto Bautista Agut
• Tournament: Bett1Hulks Indoors
• Round: Semifinals
• Venue: Cologne, Germany
• Category: ATP 250 tournament
• Surface: Indoor Hard-court
• Timings: Approx. 7 pm IST, 2:30 pm BST
Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Roberto Bautista Agut: Match Preview
Felix Auger-Aliassime is one of the most promising talents from the next generation of tennis players. He had a comparatively rough clay season this year, where he had early defeats in the three tournaments he participated in (Rome, Hamburg and Roland Garros).
However, having booked a place in the finals of a hardcourt tournament on two occasions this year at Rotterdam and Marseille, he will be feeling confident on the indoor hard court of Cologne. He had a comfortable tournament so far, with convincing straight-sets victories over two unseeded players, Henri Laaksonen and Radu Albot.
Roberto Bautista Agut has had a similar season this year, with decent performances on the hardcourts and a write-off clay season. His best finish was the semifinals at the Cincinnati Masters and the third round at the US Open. He has had a rougher road to the semifinals, with hard-fought victories over Gilles Simon and Hubert Hurkacz. The match against Hurkacz was especially taxing, with the first two sets going both ways. However, Agut bagelled Hurkacz in the decider to clinch the match.
Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Roberto Bautista Agut: Head-to-Head
The two players have met once before on Tour, with that meeting coming in the Davis Cup final. Roberto prevailed against Felix 7-6, 6-3; he won in especially difficult mental conditions, with his father having recently passed away then.
Thus, the head-to-head stands at 1-0 to Roberto Bautista Agut.
Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Roberto Bautista Agut: Match Prediction
Now here is a tough match to predict! Both the players look great on the court this time, and both have had notable hardcourt campaigns this year.
While Felix has had a comparatively better season, Roberto is known for his sheer will and proven ability. With a deadly wrist forehand and shot variety, Felix might just pull through to be the winner of this matchup. However, it will be a tightly-contested affair, as both the players have been having a great tournament.
Match Prediction: Felix Auger-Aliassime to prevail in three sets over Roberto Bautista Agut.