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21 Jan 2019 by Adam Evans

2019 Australian Open – Roberto Bautista Agut vs Stefanos Tsitsipas Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is Roberto Bautista Agut vs Stefanos Tsitsipas taking place? Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

When is Roberto Bautista Agut vs Stefanos Tsitsipas on and what time does it start? Tuesday 22nd January, 2019 – not before 01:30 (UK)

What channel is Roberto Bautista Agut vs Stefanos Tsitsipas on in the UK? This match will be televised on Eurosport (Sky channels 410 & 411)

Where can I stream Roberto Bautista Agut vs Stefanos Tsitsipas in the UK? Sky customers can stream this match on the Sky Go app. Alternatively, the match can be streamed to subscribers of Eurosport Player, either on the official website or as an add-on to an Amazon Prime subscription

Where can I get tickets for Roberto Bautista Agut vs Stefanos Tsitsipas? https://ausopen.com/tickets?da...

THE LOWDOWN

ROBERTO BAUTISTA AGUT

  • Roberto Bautista Agut has fought his way tooth and nail through two five set matches against Andy Murray in the first round and then Croatian Marin Cilic in the fourth to progress to his first ever Grand Slam quarter-final at the age of 30.
  • The world number 24 won the Qatar Open earlier this month, beating the likes of Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic along the way, and his mentality is a real strength considering the nature of his first round tie with Murray was wholly abnormal.
  • The Qatar win means the Spaniard is unbeaten this year with a 9-0 record to add to his 33-20 from 2018, and there is no question that he is in the form of his life coming into this match with future star Stefanos Tsitsipas.

STEFANOS TSITSIPAS

  • World number 15 Stefanos Tsitsipas has come through to his first Grand Slam quarter final the hard way with four-set matches in each round, including an amazing triumph over his idol, Roger Federer.
  • The winner of the NextGen Finals in December, Tsitsipas is proving himself to be a future Grand Slam champion along with Germany’s Sascha Zverev, with some likening the Greek youngster to his fourth round opponent Federer.
  • The 14th seed faces Roberto Bautista Agut for the first time, and his aggressive “old school” tennis, including a very useful one-handed backhand, could prove tricky for the Spanish dark horse.

THE PREDICTION

A tough match to call here, with both players riding their own personal winds of change and both coming through particularly hard-fought previous rounds. If there is something to be said of these two matching up for the first time, it is that despite the age gap, it may be Stefanos Tsitsipas who has the mental edge over his opponent. Roberto Bautista Agut has not won a set in this Australian Open by way of a tie-break, losing all four of them, and has played 18 sets in total to Tsitsipas’ 12. If it goes down to the wire, youth and momentum swings this one the Greek’s way. Tsitsipas to win.

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