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Gasquet vs Bautista-Agut ATP Cincinnati Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Gasquet and Bautista-Agut meet for the second time in as many weeks

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 16 Aug 2019
  • Richard Gasquet vs Roberto Bautista-Agut is live from Cincinnati on Friday, 16 August from 1:00pm local time/ 6:00pm BST
  • Bautista has won four of their five previous meetings
Richard Gasquet. (Photo by: Scott Stuart/ZUMA Wire)

Richard Gasquet and Roberto Bautista-Agut meet for the second time in as many weeks on Friday as they battle for a spot in the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Masters.

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Gasquet will be out for revenge following last week's Montreal defeat to Bautista-Agut, while the Spaniard will look to stamp his authority on the Frenchman as he targets a third Masters 1000 semi-final. 

Given the upsets and withdrawals that have hit the bottom half of the Cincinnati draw- Rafael Nadal pulled out due to fatigue, Dominic Thiem was forced out by illness, while top-ten stars, Alexander Zverev and Kei Nishikori both fell early, there was an opening for someone else to reach a rare Masters 1000 final, and these two experienced campaigners have so far made the most of that opportunity. One of them will maintain that push and reach the semi-finals on Friday.

Gasquet is contesting his first Masters 1000 quarter final since Monte Carlo last year, while he is looking to reach a semi-final at this level for the first time since the 2013 Miami Open. The Frenchman is also seeking his second semi-final of the season, having made the last four in s-Hertogenbosch earlier in the year. 

It's been a difficult season for the Frenchman- he had groin surgery in January and did not begin his year until the Madrid Open in May. The former world No. 7 understandably struggled on his return to the tour after such a long break, failing to win back-to-back matches in nine of his first 10 tournaments- the only exception being that s-Hertogenbosch run- but just in the last couple of weeks, he is beginning to play some really good tennis once again.

The stylish Frenchman reached the third round in Montreal last week, beating Benoit Paire and Kei Nishikori before falling to Bautista-Agut, and he has bettered that run this week, getting past Andy Murray, Federico Delbonis and Diego Schwartzman, all in straight sets, to book a rematch with Bautista-Agut. 

Gasquet's ranking has fallen as low as 68th this season- majorly due to his injury problems- but he got it up to 56th after Montreal, and is projected to return into the top 40 next Monday regardless of the outcome of his match against Bautista-Agut. 

By reaching the quarter finals, Gasquet has matched his best Cincinnati run from the 2015 season- can the Frenchman reach the last four for the first time?

Spaniard, Roberto Bautista-Agut stands in his way.


While Gasquet has earned accolades for his aesthetic style of play, Bautista-Agut has carved a reputation for the exact opposite- a super solid result-oriented workmanlike performer.

Bautista-Agut does not possess the big weapons of some of the other top players on the tour, but he has extracted every little bit he can from his resources, and has earned himself a spot in the top-ten. He will break into the top-ten for the first time when the rankings are updated on Monday.

He has compiled another fine season- starting off with a big bang in Doha, where he beat Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic en route winning the title, and backing it up with a quarter final run at the Australian Open- his best Grand Slam performance at that point. 

The Spaniard improved that personal-best Grand Slam run at Wimbledon, where he made his maiden major semi-finals. The 31-year-old also reached the semi-finals in Munich, while he made other quarter finals in Miami, Sofia, Lyon, Halle, and now Montreal and Cincinnati. He was stopped by Gael Monfils last week in Canada, but he will look to improve on that on Friday when he goes head-to-head with Gasquet.

Prior to 2019, Bautista-Agut had won just two matches in Cincinnati, one each in 2014 and 2015, and he arrived this year's tournament on a three-match losing streak at the venue, but he snapped that with 7-6 6-3 victory over Hubert Hurkacz, and has gone on to defeat Frances Tiafoe and Miomir Kecmanovic to reach the quarter finals. 

“Every player is in the quarter-finals because they’re playing really good tennis," said Bautista Agut, ahead of his quarter final. "Now I have Richard Gasquet, who is a very good player and is in good shape. We played a good match last week."

The Spaniard has won four of his five matches against Gasquet, with his greater consistency and doggedness triumphing over Gasquet's style. Will that be the case again in Cincinnati on Friday, or can Gasquet find a way of dislodging the rock solid Spaniard?

Richard Gasquet vs Roberto Bautista-Agut is live from Cincinnati on Friday, 16 August from 1:00pm local time/ 6:00pm BST


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Gasquet vs Bautista-Agut ATP Cincinnati Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Gasquet and Bautista-Agut meet for the second time in as many weeks

Richard Gasquet and Roberto Bautista-Agut meet for the second straight week as they battle for a semi-final spot at the Cincinnati Masters. Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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