TennisSection previews the 2021 Madrid Open as Roberto Bautista Agut (9) meets Marco Cecchinato (Q) in the First Round on Tuesday, May 4th, 2021.
Will Marco Cecchinato be able to raise his level to show everyone that he can still put on some superb performances on clay on the ATP Tour as he had done in 2018? Will Roberto Bautista Agut begin his campaign off strongly here at the 2021 Madrid Open to show the Spanish crowd that he is one of the best players on the ATP Tour at the moment? Both players will aim to bring out their best here, but only one will make their way to the Second Round. Who will it be?
Marco Cecchinato has put on some strong performances recently on clay, reaching the Second Round of the Estoril Open last week, and this week beating the likes of Frances Tiafoe and Roberto Carballes Baena in the qualifying rounds to book himself a spot in the main draw here at the 2021 Madrid Open. When confident and consistent, Marco Cecchinato on clay is one of the toughest players to beat, and he has beaten the likes of Novak Djokovic before in these conditions. However, we have not seen this for nearly 3 years from the Italian. Will Marco Cecchinato be able to shock us all once again and cause the upset against the very experienced and tough Roberto Bautista Agut?
Roberto Bautista Agut is looking to bounce back from a disappointing week at the 2021 Barcelona Open a couple weeks ago, which saw him lose once again the Jannik Sinner in the Third Round. Roberto Bautista Agut knows that he could have won that match especially as he was serving for the first set, but he was not able to convert when the opportunities came his way. However, Roberto Bautista Agut is such a tough player to beat and he will know that here at the 2021 Madrid Open, he will have a very strong chance of making the later rounds if he is able to play with his consistency. Will the Spaniard be able to prevent the upset from Marco Cecchinato?
Roberto Bautista Agut and Marco Cecchinato have met 1 time before, with Roberto Bautista Agut leading the head to head 1-0. They last met at the St. Petersburg Open in 2018 where Roberto won in straight sets 7-6(0)/6-3. Here, on the clay courts of the 2021 Madrid Open, I see a very strong performance from the Spaniard to get the confidence levels back up. Although Marco Cecchinato had some strong results in the qualifying rounds, he is still nowhere near the level required to beat someone like Roberto Bautista Agut.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Roberto Bautista Agut in 2 Sets.