Bautista-Agut vs Ferrer – Interesting duel in third round of the Australian Open is waiting us, a duel between two Spanish players R. Bautista-Agut and D. Ferrer. In previous round of the competition Bautista-Agut celebrated victory over Y. Nishioka with result (3:0), while Ferrer played one set more for his victory over E. Escobedo. The biggest surprise so far at the tournament was D. Istomin who after five sets played managed to eliminate six-time champion N. Djokovic. Another big surprise happened in woman draw where veteran M. Lucic-Baroni overplayed third seeded player A. Radwanska. Begins: 21.01.2017. – 01:00 CET
Lately, we analysed R. Bautista-Agut often, reason for that is mostly his good results that kept us focus on him. This is also evidenced by his best ranking in career so far who he won in the end of last season when he was 13th player in the world. He came to the Australian Open from 14th position but also with one already won title in this season, which he won at the tournament in Chennai after he won over D. Medvedev in the finals with result (2:0).
This means that Bautista-Agut did not suffer not one defeat this season so it is perfectly clear that it is not going to be easy for Ferrer to win his placement to the fourth round. When it comes to last season we should mention that Bautista-Agut won two titles and those are from the tournaments in Auckland and Sofia, and besides that he also played in the finals of the tournaments in Winston-Salem and Shanghai, where better than him were P. Carreno Busta and A. Murray. His last year’s performance at the Australian Open R. Bautista-Agut finished in fourth round after he was defeated by T. Berdych with result (3:2).
In last two seasons Ferrer recorded significant fall at the ATP rankings so he is now on modest 23rd position. His best ranking was in the middle of 2013 when he was 3rd player in the world. In previous 16 years as a professional tennis player Ferrer managed to win 26 titles, five of which are from 2015. His most important title Ferrer won in 2012 at the Masters in Paris, and he was better than J. Janowicz.
Before Australian Open Ferrer performed at the tournaments in Brisbane and Auckland, and finished them both in second round after he was defeated by J. Thomson and R. Haas. There was a time when it was impossible to imagine that Ferrer could lose matches in this early stage of the tournament against players who are ranked over 50th position at the ATP rankings, but this is only another prove that Ferrer is not as good as he used to be. In the end, we should also mention that last year Ferrer finished his performance at the Australian Open in quarterfinals and better than him was A. Murray.
R. Bautista-Agut vs. D. Ferrer PICK
Ferrer won both previous matches these two players played. Both matches are from 2013, one from the Wimbledon and the other from the US Open. That year Ferrer played his best tennis, and in previous year Bautista-Agut is the one who is in great shape. Because of that we consider that this is the ideal moment for Bautista-Agut to defeat Ferrer for the first time in their mutual matches.
Pick: winner Bautista-Agut
Odds: 1.62 at Ladbrokes (down to 1.57 can be played)