TennisSection previews the 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters as Roberto Bautista Agut (9) meets Taylor Fritz in the First Round on Tuesday, April 13th 2021.
Will Taylor Fritz back up his very strong week in Sardegna as he comes over here to Monte-Carlo, showing the tennis world that he is definitely on the rise? Will Roberto Bautista Agut come out here and show us his incredible rallying consistency and experience which has gotten him far in many tournaments in 2021? Both players have been on top of their game in the first few months of 2021, but only one will make their way to the Second Round of the 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters. Who will it be?
Roberto Bautista Agut has been playing some great tennis here in 2021, having reached the Final of 2 of the last 3 tournaments he played in, and in the tournament where he did not reach the Final, he made his way to the Semi-final. Roberto Bautista Agut is SO UNDERRATED on the ATP Tour and I cannot re-iterate it more, that if you meet Roberto Bautista Agut, unless you are The Big 3, more likely than not, you will end up losing that match. Roberto is an all-court player and can dominate the match in many different aspects, as he has a big serve, and his movement and speed around the court is something else. Roberto Bautista Agut will be confident but he will also have to ensure he is at his best as he meets a very in form player in Taylor Fritz.
Taylor Fritz has been great recently, making the Semi-finals of the Sardegna Open and losing in a very tight match to Lorenzo Sonego. Fritz will want to keep this momentum going after that strong week, but he will have to ensure he is at his best physically and mentally as he meets an incredibly tough opponent in Roberto Bautista Agut. Fritz will know that this match is going to be very long and it is going to come down to some incredible points won in long rallies. However, he will definitely be confident coming into the First Round of the 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters, and I am sure he will be giving it his all as he looks to cause the upset and make his way to the Second Round.
Roberto Bautista Agut and Taylor Fritz have met 5 times before, with Roberto Bautista Agut leading the head to head 4-1. The last time they met was at the 2019 Halle Open where Roberto Bautista Agut won in straight sets 7-6(10)/6-0. All of their matches were won in straight sets by Roberto Bautista Agut except for Fritz’ only victory where he won in 3 tight sets. This is going to be an entertaining encounter here in the First Round of the 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters, but I see the more experienced and great Roberto Bautista Agut to come out here and dominate. Roberto Bautista Agut to win and make his way to the Second Round of the 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Roberto Bautista Agut to Win.