ATP Cup 2020 – Nick Kyrgios vs Roberto Bautista Agut Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Nick Kyrgios vs Roberto Bautista Agut taking place? Ken Rosewall Arena, Sydney, Australia

When is Nick Kyrgios vs Roberto Bautista Agut on? Saturday 11th January, 2020 – not before 07:30 (UK)

What channel is Nick Kyrgios vs Roberto Bautista Agut on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Nick Kyrgios vs Roberto Bautista Agut? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match via Amazon Prime Video

Where can I get tickets for Nick Kyrgios vs Roberto Bautista Agut? https://www.atpcup.com/tickets

Who won the last meeting between Nick Kyrgios and Roberto Bautista Agut? Nick Kyrgios beat Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-2

THE LOWDOWN

NICK KYRGIOS

  • Nick Kyrgios got the quarter-final tie between Australia and Great Britain underway with a comprehensive win over Cameron Norrie to win his fourth consecutive singles game at the ATP Cup.
  • 24-year-old Kyrgios is the driving force behind this Australian team and in this form he is essentially a false second option behind Alex de Minaur, who lost the second rubber to an inspired Dan Evans before teaming up with Kyrgios to take the deciding doubles rubber.
  • Perhaps the tragic backdrop of the Australian wildfires is focusing his already fierce international form but the world number 29 would be in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam after four wins and he should take this long-tournament experience with him into the Australian Open.

ROBERTO BAUTISTA AGUT

  • Roberto Bautista Agut got past a battling Kimmer Coppejans in an hour and a half in the first tie between Spain and Belgium to set up what should have been a win for Rafael Nadal.
  • Despite Nadal’s shock loss to David Goffin, the Spaniards have made it through to the semi-finals of the ATP Cup off the back of four singles wins from Bautista Agut less than two months on from his victorious return to the Spanish team in the final of the Davis Cup following the death of his father.
  • 31-year-old Bautista Agut lost to his semi-final opponent here Kyrgios in their only previous encounter back in 2015 but the Spaniard was a shade of his current self then and this should be considered a fresh record.

THE PREDICTION

It would be no understatement to suggest there is a real, potentially career-changing difference to Nick Kyrgios at this inaugural ATP Cup. The charismatic Aussie has been a rock for his teammates throughout this event, none more than for young Alex de Minaur with whom he claimed the 18-16 championship tiebreak over Great Britain to reach this stage. This match could well be his most difficult though, even more so than Stefanos Tsitsipas, as the hard-working Roberto Bautista Agut has the playstyle to frustrate the more flagrant players on tour.

Neither of these players have lost a match yet, making this even harder to call. However, Australia’s spirit under captain Lleyton Hewitt is infectious, and with the majority of the crowd behind him, this is the perfect stage for Kyrgios to claim one of the biggest wins of his career.

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