TennisSection previews the 2021 French Open as Roberto Bautista Agut (11) meets Mario Vilella Martinez in the First Round on Sunday May 30th, 2021.
Spaniards Roberto Bautista Agut and Mario Vilella Martinez will square off in the First Round here at the 2021 French Open. Can the Qualifier Martinez cause the shocking upset here at Roland Garros? Or will the experienced Bautista Agut stroll to victory as expected, advancing to the Second Round here in Paris?
Roberto Bautista Agut is currently ranked #11 in the ATP world rankings and is also the eleventh seed here at the 2021 French Open. The Spaniard is known as one of the most consistent players on tour, and is a very difficult opponent regardless of the surface. While he considers hard court his preferred surface, he has had some strong performances on clay throughout his career, though he has never passed the Fourth Round here at Roland Garros. The veteran has had a poor clay court season by his standards and will be hoping for a strong showing here at Roland Garros 2021 to get his season back on track. He has been given a favorable draw here against the Qualifier Mario Vilella Martinez, and is the heavy favorite to advance.
Mario Vilella Martinez is currently ranked #182 in the ATP world rankings, and Qualified for the main draw here at Roland Garros 2021. Mainly plying his trade on the Challenger Tour, he has had some inconsistent results lately, highlighted by a Round of 16 showing in Andalucia, the best result of his career. He had a solid win over Dennis Novak in the Qualifiers, and will be filled with confidence heading into the main draw despite facing a very solid opponent in Roberto Bautista Agut. Martinez has a typical baseline game that is well suited for this surface, however lacks the firepower that is generally needed to trouble the top players. He enters this match as the massive underdog, and will need a miracle to advance here at the 2021 French Open.
This will be the first meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour, and their head to head is tied 0-0. This is a very easy match to call, and it is one that will be over relatively quickly. Simply put, Mario Vilella Martinez is nowhere near the required level to trouble Roberto Bautista Agut, and his stay at the 2021 French Open will be short lived. While Bautista Agut has generally struggled on clay in recent years, he is still the much better player and is expected to cruise to victory here, advancing to the Second Round at Roland Garros 2021.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Roberto Bautista Agut to win in straight sets