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Bautista Agut vs Fucsovics ATP Sofia live streaming, preview and tips - Bautista Agut targets third Sofia Open semi-final

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 7 Feb 2019
  • Roberto Bautista Agut vs Marton Fucsovics is live from Sofia at 12.00pm local time on Friday (11.00am GMT)
  • First career meeting between the pair
Roberto Bautista Agut (Photo by PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)

Roberto Bautista Agut continues his quest for a second ATP World Tour title of 2019 when he takes on Marton Fucsovics in the Sofia Open quarter-finals on Friday.

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With an impressive 7-1 record at the Sofia Open, fourth seed Roberto Bautista Agut targets his third semi-final in the Bulgarian city as he comes up against Marton Fucsovics on Friday.

Apart from World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, has there been a better player in 2019 so far than Bautista Agut? The Spaniard has put together an electrifying start to the season, already capturing one title at the Qatar Open in Doha and reaching his first Grand Slam quarter-final at the Australian Open. Bautista Agut defeated Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych and Djokovic to win his ninth career title in Doha before going on to conquer the likes of Andy Murray, John Millman, Karen Khachanov and Marin Cilic to advance into the last eight at Melbourne Park. Three of those four wins (Murray, Millman & Cilic) were gruelling five-set battles, and left Bautista Agut fatigued as he went down in four sets to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarter-finals.

Nevertheless, it was a magical January for Bautista Agut, who climbed back into the top 20 as a result, and he’s looking to keep that momentum rolling in Sofia this week, progressing to the quarter-finals with a come-from-behind 3-6 6-3 6-2 victory over Matthew Ebden in his opening match. That was Bautista Agut’s seventh win at the Sofia Open, following on from winning the title in 2016 (defeating Viktor Troicki in the final) and making the semi-finals in 2017, where he lost to David Goffin in a deciding set tiebreaker.

We also can’t forget Bautista Agut’s phenomenal record at the start of seasons. Indeed, the 30-year-old has won six of his nine titles at tournaments taking place in the first two months of the year, including two last year in Auckland and Dubai and his Doha crown from last month. Add in his Sofia title from 2016, and it’s clear Bautista Agut enters each season fresh and eager to play. Can he add another Sofia title to his trophy cabinet this week?

Marton Fucsovics (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
Standing in his way in the quarter-finals on Friday is World No. 47 Marton Fucsovics. The Hungarian is making his second appearance at the Sofia Open after failing to qualify in 2016, but he’s come a long way since that event, beating eighth seed Andreas Seppi in straight sets in the opening round before overcoming German qualifier Yannick Maden in three sets in the second round to reach his first quarter-final of the season.


Fucsovics - a former junior World No. 1 and Wimbledon champion - compiled the best season of his career in 2018, registering a 25-24 record that included winning his first ATP World Tour title on the clay of Geneva and making the fourth round of the Australian Open, losing to eventual champion Roger Federer. Fucsovics also finished runner-up at the Canberra Challenger, made more Challenger semis in Irving and Budapest and the Round of 16 at the Cincinnati Masters before going down to Stan Wawrinka, while he ran into Djokovic in the opening round of the U.S. Open, taking the second set before succumbing in four.

The 26-year-old was also solid to end the 2018 season, making quarter-finals at ATP 500 events in Beijing and Vienna to end the year at a career-high ranking of No. 36, while he made the second round of Doha, Sydney and the Australian Open to begin 2019.

This will be the first meeting between the pair and Bautista Agut is the firm favourite in my eyes. The Spaniard loves playing at this stage of the season and is operating at the peak of his powers at the moment, defending superbly from the baseline and utilising his flat and attacking groundstrokes to force his opponents into uncomfortable positions. Fucsovics has plenty of firepower (he’s taken sets off Djokovic in their last two meetings), but he can struggle to maintain a high level throughout the course of a match. I wouldn’t be surprised if he took a set, but I think Bautista Agut will be the steadier of the pair and grind his way to the win.


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Bautista Agut vs Fucsovics ATP Sofia live streaming, preview and tips - Bautista Agut targets third Sofia Open semi-final

Roberto Bautista Agut continues his quest for a second ATP World Tour title of 2019 when he takes on Marton Fucsovics in the Sofia Open quarter-finals on Friday.

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