St Petersburg Open 2021: Roberto Bautista Agut vs. Mackenzie McDonald Tennis Pick and Prediction

St Petersburg Open 2021: Roberto Bautista Agut vs. Mackenzie McDonald Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2021 St Petersburg Open as Roberto Bautista Agut takes on Mackenzie McDonald in the Round of 16 on Thursday, October 28th, 2021.

Will Roberto Bautista Agut get the win? Will Mackenzie McDonald pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have a tight matchup with two underrated players on the ATP Tour. Who will move on to the quarterfinals at the 2021 St Petersburg Open?

Roberto Bautista Agut hasn’t been playing too well as of late, not really being able to make deep runs in tournaments as he has been able to do for a while now. However, he also hasn’t been playing much due to injury, and now it feels like he’s going to be able to get some rhythm and start playing at a high level again. It’s not going to be easy against Mackenzie McDonald, a great fast hard court player. While RBA definitely likes slower courts, he isn’t bad on faster courts at all, in fact, he reached the Wimbledon 2019 semifinals. This will be a tough one, but ultimately, I expect him to kick off his campaign here at the 2021 St Petersburg Open with a tough win over McDonald.

Mackenzie McDonald got through against Gerasimov in two tight sets today, setting up a tough meeting with Roberto Bautista Agut. In order to take him out, he will have to focus on playing his normal game, but instead adjusting it to focus more on pure aggression and coming to the net even more, trying to stay out of the long rallies. While RBA is a great fast court player, he still doesn’t like playing too aggressive, and will try to elongate the rallies. If McDonald can make sure there aren’t any long rallies, he has a real shot at the upset as he attempts to fight for a spot in the quarterfinals at the 2021 St Petersburg Open.

Roberto Bautista Agut and Mackenzie McDonald have met once before, with Roberto Bautista Agut leading the head to head 1-0. Their one meeting came 3 years ago at the Shanghai Masters, with RBA taking it in 3 sets. Shanghai is a really fast court, and McDonald really wasn’t nearly as good as he is now. Bautista Agut has also improved since, but he’ll have to fight hard. I don’t feel like McDonald will be willing to completely cut out the lengthy rallies, so if Bautista Agut can generate those long rallies, then I feel like he can definitely make inroads and get through McDonald in a tight three sets to claim a spot in the quarterfinals at the 2021 St Petersburg Open.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Roberto Bautista Agut to win in 3 sets.

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