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Bautista-Agut vs Pella Wimbledon QF Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Big opportunity for Bautista-Agut and Pella to make a Grand Slam semi-final

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 10 Jul 2019
  • Roberto Bautista-Agut vs Guido Pella is live from Wimbledon on Wednesday, 10 July from 1:00pm local time/ 1:00pm BST
  • Bautista-Agut leads the head-to-head 2-0
Roberto Bautista-Agut. (PA Sport)

One of Roberto Bautista-Agut or Guido Pella will reach a Grand Slam semi-final for the first time on Wednesday when the surprise Wimbledon quarter-finalists go head-to head on Court No. 1.

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For Bautista-Agut, it's his second Grand Slam quarter final, while Pella is into the last eight of a major for the first time in his career. The Argentine left-hander had never been past the third round of a Slam before this Wimbledon run.

Bautista-Agut has been a very consistent performer on the tour over the last few seasons, but his lack of a genuine firepower meant he found it very difficult to make the later stages in majors. The Spaniard was 0-9 in Round of 16 matches before the start of 2019, but he broke that streak by reaching the last eight at the Australian Open in January and has now made it two major quarter finals for the season. 

Bautista-Agut is yet to drop a set at Wimbledon 2019, beating Peter Gojowczyk, Steve Darcis, Karen Khachanov and Benoit Paire in his run to the last eight. Paire struck 18 aces and 42 winners from in that fourth round tie, but he also committed 42 unforced errors, and was comfortably second best against the Spaniard, who hit 20 winners and 17 unforced errors. The world No. 22 converted 81% of points on his first serve, saving four of the five break points he saved. The 31-year-old broke five times, closing out the 6-3 7-5 6-2 victory after an hour and 54 minutes.

He improves to 27-11 for the season, with the other high points of his season being a title run in Doha at the start of the year, semi-finals in Munich, and quarter finals at the Australian Open, Sofia, Miami, Lyon and Halle.

Can he reach a milestone first Grand Slam semi-final by taking down Guido Pella on Wednesday?

Pella's progress into the Wimbledon quarter finals marks the latest step in a breakthrough season for the Argentine, who has broken into the top-30 this year after a series of fine results, mostly on clay. 

The left-hander claimed his maiden tour-level title in Sao Paolo while he was runner-up in Cordoba, and a semi-finalist in Buenos Aires during a successful spell on the South American clay in February. He could not match those results on hard courts, winning just one match between Indian Wells and Miami, but he continued his clay-court brilliance in Europe, reaching quarter finals in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Munich. His form surprisingly tapered towards the end of the clay-court season, as he went 2-3 between Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros, where he suffered a shock second round exit to Frenchman, Corentin Moutet.

Pella was 0-2 in pre-Wimbledon warm up tournaments on grass, losing to David Goffin and Taylor Fritz in Halle and Eastbourne respectively, but he has recorded four excellent wins at Wimbledon, beating Marius Copil, Andreas Seppi, and a pair of former finalists, Kevin Anderson and Milos Raonic. 

The 29-year-old took down Anderson with surprising ease (6-4 6-4 7-6) in the third round, but he appeared on his way out of the tournament when he trailed Milos Raonic by two sets to love in the fourth round. Pella fought back to take the third set, but he was again on the ropes in the fourth as Raonic broke for 5-3, earning a chance to serve for the match. The Canadian fluffed his lines, and Pella was on hand to break back immediately before running through the tie break to set up a final set.

Pella held from 15-40 in the first game of the deciding set, and the rest of the set progressed without any alarms, until the ninth game, when the Argentine brought up his first match point on Raonic's serve. The big-serving Canadian wiped out that match point, and another two at 5-6, but the fourth was the charm for Pella, who finally broke to take the match 3-6 4-6 6-3 7-6 8-6 after three hours and 44 minutes.

“It's a very nice feeling, because seriously, I never thought that I was going to make a quarter-finals in a Grand Slam, so it is a great feeling for me”, said Pella, who had also recovered from two sets down to beat another former finalist, Marin Cilic in last year's edition.   
“So I will try to keep doing my best. I have a very tough match in the next round, but I will keep fighting, keep playing, and if I can have some chances, maybe I will take it”.

If Pella is to make his first Grand Slam semi-final, he will need to score his first victory over Roberto Bautista-Agut on Wednesday, having lost his two previous matches against the Spaniard- the most recent, a 4-6 6-4 6-0 loss in April.

Bautista-Agut is the more consistent of the two players, and has been operating close to this level for a lot longer, but Pella's confidence will be sky-high after the run he's had, and the quality of opposition he's beaten.

It's a wonderful opportunity for both men- who will take it and move into the last four?

Roberto Bautista-Agut vs Guido Pella is live from Wimbledon on Wednesday, 10 July from 1:00pm local time/ 1:00pm BST

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Bautista-Agut vs Pella Wimbledon QF Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Big opportunity for Bautista-Agut and Pella to make a Grand Slam semi-final

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