TennisSection previews the 2021 Mallorca Open as Roberto Bautista Agut (3) meets Stefano Travaglia in the Round of 16 on Wednesday June 23rd, 2021.
Third seeded Roberto Bautista Agut is back on home soil and is seeking a good performance here at the 2021 Mallorca Open. Can the unseeded Italian Stefano Travaglia cause the upset here and advance to the Quarter-Finals? Both men will be eager to do well here as they prepare for Wimbledon, who will get the win here in Mallorca?
Roberto Bautista Agut is currently ranked #10 on the ATP Tour and is the third seed here at the 2021 Mallorca Open. The Spaniard has built a reputation over the years as one of the hardest working and most consistent players on the tour, and is always a difficult opponent on any surface. After a relatively quiet start to the year by his lofty standards he would have been hoping to start the grass court season positively, but suffered a First Round defeat to Sebastian Korda in Halle. This has never been his favorite surface, but he does have a title on grass and he certainly is no slouch. His flat, powerful groundstrokes are a weapon on this surface, but he will struggle to hold serve at times. He enters this Round of 16 match against Stefano Travaglia as the overwhelming favorite and will be expected to win here and advance to the Quarter-Finals in Mallorca.
Stefano Travaglia is unseeded here at the 2021 Mallorca Open and is currently ranked #86 in the ATP world rankings. The Italian has only won one match in his last seven tournaments and will be desperate to get his 2021 season on track. However, he is more of a clay court player than anything else, and isn’t fully comfortable on the grass. Despite his poor recent form, he did put on a good showing in the First Round of the 2021 Queen’s Open, pushing eventual champion Matteo Berrettini to the limit in a very close 7-6, 7-5 loss. He is experienced enough to cause the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut some issues if he is not at the top of his game, and will certainly be giving it his all. The Italian enters this match as the massive underdog and will need to be at his best if he is to get anything out of this game against the reliable Spaniard here in Mallorca.
This will be the first meeting between the two players on the ATP Tour, and their head to head is tied at 0-0. Despite his poor recent form, this should be a straightforward win for Roberto Bautista Agut and hopefully will mark the beginning of a consistent run of results. Stefano Travaglia is an experienced player that has improved over the past few seasons and he won’t give it away, but expect the Spaniard to win here. Roberto Bautista Agut will win this match in straight sets, advancing to the Quarter-Finals here at the 2021 Mallorca Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Roberto Bautista Agut to win.