R. Bautista-Agut vs. J.M. Del Potro / ATP Auckland – The Spaniard R. Bautista-Agut and Argentinian J.M. Del Potro have reached the finals in Auckland. Both tennis players were the first favourites of the tournament and these expectations were fully met. In the semi-finals, Bautista-Agut was better than R. Haase, while Del Potro managed to defeat D. Ferrer. Begins: 13.01.2018. – 02:30 CET
As we have already said, Bautista-Agut has justified the expectations and celebrated in the semi-finals over R. Haase with a result (6:7 7:6 7:6). The final result is in line with expectations, but objectively the match should not have been so long, given that the Spaniard in all three sets had the advantage of a break, but he has not kept the advantage none of these sets. That is why all three sets were decided after tie-break, which could have cost him a placement in the finals.
Statistically, Haase was only better in the number of scored aces (19: 7). Bautista-Agut was better in the percentage of the first service (74 : 66%), as well as in the realization of the same (79% : 71%). In addition, Spencer had as many as 12 break opportunities, and when we look at it, it is hard to understand how he failed to reach the win with the more convincing gem difference than we expected.
J.M. Del Potro
Del Potro is among the greatest players of today, but his frequent injuries have affected the career of this Argentine tennis player and he is not on the level of some of his colleagues. However, Del Potro has managed to win 20 ATP titles for the past 13 years, and the most valuable is from 2009 when he became the champion of the US Open. Del Potro has won his last trophy last season at the tournament in Stockholm, where he was better than G. Dimitrov in the final match.
In the match of the semi-finals, this Argentinan has played against another big tennis player who was almost in the shadows of the top four, and that is D. Ferrer. The semi-finals lasted less than two hours, and Del Potro finally won with 6:4 6:4. It should be emphasized that Ferrer was a completely equal opponent even in the parameters in which Del Potro had to dominate, which is the first service.
R. Bautista-Agut vs. J.M. Del Potro PICK
Up to now, these two players have played four mutual matches in which Del Potro was much more successful because he has celebrated three times, while Bautista-Agut was only better once. Last season they played two games, and the Argentine was better on both occasions. The first match was played at US Open (6:3 6:3 6:4) and the second in Basel (6:2 2:6 6:4). We could say that Del Potro rarely loses the finals, since he has even solved 20 out of 29 finals in his favour. His service should have been better in the match with Ferrer, and then the win should not come into question.
Pick: Del Potro wins
Odds: 1.51 at betway (down to 1.48 can be played)