TennisSection previews the 2021 Barcelona Open as Roberto Bautista Agut (5) meets Pablo Andujar in the Second Round on Tuesday, April 20th 2021.
Will Pablo Andujar come out on top in this All-Spaniard encounter by causing the upset against his much more experienced and successful opponent? Will Roberto Bautista Agut continue to build on his amazing tennis last week in Monaco as he begins his 2021 Barcelona Open campaign? Both players are great when on top of their game, but only one will make their way to the Third Round. Who will it be?
Roberto Bautista Agut put on some incredible performances last week at the 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters, reaching the Third Round and losing in an incredibly tight match against his close rival Andrey Rublev. Roberto Bautista Agut is one of those players who are just so hard to come up against as he returns absolutely everything, and makes you work 10x harder than most players just to win 1 point. Roberto is 33 years old and he is still in his prime, and I am very confident in his ability to win some titles, and make it far into big tournaments, this year as he has already done. Roberto Bautista Agut will want to get his 2021 Barcelona Open campaign off strongly in his home country by beating Pablo Andujar.
Pablo Andujar came through an extremely tight First Round match against Gilles Simon, beating the Frenchman 6-1/3-6/6-3. Pablo Andujar has played 6 matches on clay this season, and has split them evenly 3-3. However, one thing which goes against Pablo Andujar here, is that he has not played against any extremely solid players on clay yet, and he will have to ensure he is at his absolute best if he is to get anywhere here at the 2021 Barcelona Open. Pablo Andujar will want to ensure he is perfect as he now meets his fellow Spaniard, and always tough to beat, Roberto Bautista Agut.
Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Andujar have met 2 times before, with Roberto Bautista Agut leading the head to head 2-0. Unfortunately for Pablo Andujar, the last time they played on clay was also here in Barcelona, and RBA won in two sets 6-4/6-1. Back then, Pablo Andujar was a bit stronger in form than he is now, and RBA was less good than he is now. This makes me think that this match is going to be done even faster, with the incredibly strong rallier RBA getting the victory in straight sets and making his way to the Third Round of the 2021 Barcelona Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Roberto Bautista Agut in Two Sets.