TennisSection previews the 2022 Montreal Masters as Roberto Bautista Agut takes on Jenson Brooksby in the second round on Wednesday, August 10th, 2022.
Will Roberto Bautista Agut continue his decent record at the Montreal Masters? The Spanish veteran will face a tough task against the fast-improving Jenson Brooksby who has already beaten him in their only hard court meeting in 2022 thus far.
Roberto Bautista Agut hit the ground running on his first match at the 2022 Montreal Masters which was completed in two days due to rain. The 34-year-old is a two-time quarterfinalist in these parts, but despite the perfunctory scoreline against Giron (7-6 6-3), he was made to work hard for his victory. Bautista Agut put pressure on Giron’s serves for most of the match. He manufactured 14 break points and converted four of them, while he was only broken twice in the contest. With the win, he extends his winning streak to five matches following his title win in Kitzbuhel.
Jenson Brooksby, meanwhile, has already been to a final on hard courts at the end of July. He finished runner-up to Alex De Minaur at the Atlanta Open. That means his wait for a first ATP title will go on at least for one more week. Brookby was just not at the races in Washington last week, having to beat jet lag and play an in-form Nishioka in less than 48 hours. But having gotten sufficient rest time, he was in top gear against Alexander Bublik, sweeping past the Kazakh 6-2 6-3 to advance into the second round of the Montreal Masters.
Roberto Bautista Agut and Jenson Brooksby are tied at 1-1 in their head-to-head. Both meetings have taken place this year. The American won their hard court matchup at the Miami Open in three sets, before Agut earned revenge in Madrid with a thumping victory. I think this will be another tight match as both players hit flat and are very aggressive in their point construction. Brooksby ‘s level has gone up a notch, particularly on hard courts, but I have to side with the Spaniard who is on a hot streak at the moment.
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