Roberto Bautista Agut withdraws from Wimbledon with COVID-19

Roberto Bautista Agut has withdrawn from Wimbledon after testing positive for COVID-19 ahead of his second-round clash with Daniel Galan.

A semi-finalist in 2019, Bautista Agut arrived at SW19 full of momentum following his run to the final in Mallorca last week.

But after opening with a commanding straight-sets victory over Hungary’s Attila Balazs on Tuesday, the 17th seed has been forced to pull out of the tournament.

Colombia’s Galan subsequently receives a bye into the third round, where he will play either Denis Shapovalov or Brandon Nakashima.

Bautista Agut is the latest player to have returned a positive test after former finalists Marin Cilic and Matteo Berrettini withdrew for the same reason earlier this week.

The Spaniard wrote on Instagram: “Sadly today, I have notified the organisation of Wimbledon of my withdrawal from the competition.

“Yesterday, I started not feeling very well and I tested positive for Covid-19.

“Symptoms are not very serious, but I think this is the best decision.

“Thank you for all your support always. I hope to be back on court soon.”

Nikoloz Basilashvili and Roberto Bautista-Agut will square off in the final round of the Qatar Open 2022 on Saturday at 15.00pm (UK Time).

Nikoloz Basilashvili has definitely rediscovered his form in Qatar, similar to last season. The Georgian had lost all his previous six matches this year before the Qatar Open started. He finds himself in the final of this tournament for a second consecutive season. Last year, Nikoloz was winless in five games before entering ATP Doha and he did well to lift the trophy after a final match against the same Bautista-Agut.

The most interesting fact about Basilashvili is that he holds an impressive record in championship matches. He has won five of his eight final matches played at the tour level which includes victories over Juan Martin Del Potro and Andrey Rublev.

Meanwhile, Roberto Bautista-Agut has demolished Murray and Davidovich Fokina in the first two rounds here in Qatar, but then faced a tricky test against Khachanov. The Spaniard lost the opening set against Khachanov, but fought back and won the last two sets 6-3, 7-5.

Similar to Basilashvili, Bautista-Agut also feels good here in Doha as he has won the tournament here back in 2019 and finished as runner-up last year.

Our prediction for this clash is Under 22.5 Games at odds of 5/6 with Bet365.

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Karen Khachanov and Roberto Bautista-Agut will square off in the semifinals of the 2022 Qatar Open on Friday at 16.30pm (UK Time).

Karen Khachanov had two flawless matches in straight sets in the first two rounds, but he struggled against Marin Cilic in the third round. He finally got the better of the Croat and has now reached his second semifinal of 2022.

The Russian has struggled for consistency before this tournament, having been eliminated in the 3rd round at the Australian Open and in the second round in Rotterdam. The last time when Karen managed to reach the final of a tournament on hard courts was at the Olympics in August last year.

Meanwhile, Roberto Bautista-Agut has won seven of his last 10 matches on hard courts. The Spaniard has been sharp in Qatar this week. He demolished both Murray and Davidovich Fokina while dropping just three games in the process.

The Spaniard loves the Qatar Open as he has won the title here in 2019 and also finished as runner-up in 2021.

This should be an exciting clash, so our prediction is Over 22.5 Games at odds of 5/6 with Bet365.

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Roberto Bautista-Agut takes on British wildcard Andy Murray in the Second Round of the 2022 Qatar Open on Wednesday.

Murray has been in impressive form in the first two months of the year, having won seven of his 11 matches on hard courts. His best performance during this run was finishing as runner-up to Aslan Karatsev in Sydney.

Murray began his 2022 Dubai Tennis Championships with a straight sets win over Daniel Taro, losing just four games in the process as he avenged his defeat to the Japanese star at the recent Australian Open.

In addition, the Brit improved his record to 20-3 in this tournament and is a two-time champion and also a two-time runner-up here in Doha.

Bautista-Agut, meanwhile, has won four single matches in the ATP Cup in the first couple of days of 2022 to take Spain to the final. However, he then lost out to Felix Auger-Aliassime in his final singles encounter.

The Spaniard has recently participated in Montpellier where he lost against Bublik in three sets in the Second Round. His record for 2022 reads seven victories and three defeats in ten matches on hard courts.

We fancy Bautista-Agut to win at odds of 8/11 with Bet365.

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Just a handful of ranking places separate veteran Roberto Bautista Agut and rising Russian Andrey Rublev – who will reach the semifinals in Hamburg?

Bautista Agut vs Rublev is live from Hamburg on Friday 25 September, 11.30am local/10.30am BST

Returning to competition in Hamburg after the birth of his first child, Roberto Bautista Agut has already ousted defending champion Nikoloz Basilashvili and in-form Dominik Koepfer and is looking to reach his third semifinal of 2020 as he takes on Andrey Rublev.

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A quarterfinalist at the US Open, Rublev reached the final of the Hamburg European Open in 2019 but trails 1-2 in the head-to-head against Bautista Agut. Can he get the win in their first clay-court meeting?

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Bautista Agut vs Rublev: Head-to-head

Roberto Bautista Agut leads the head-to-head with Andrey Rublev 2-1, although Rublev won their most recent encounter at the ATP Cup in January 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(0).

All three previous meetings have taken place on hard courts.

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Playing Hamburg for the first time in five years, Bautista Agut has made quite an impact on the draw, snapping 2018-19 champion Nikoloz Basilashvili’s 12-match winning streak at the tournament before ousting the in-form Dominik Koepfer, who reached the quarterfinals of the Rome Masters last week as a qualifier and pushed Novak Djokovic to three sets.

Bautista Agut sat out the Rome Masters and had lost early at the US Open, going out to Vasek Pospisil in the third round which enabled him to head home for the birth of his first child, so he’s looking for matches ahead of the French Open. Bautista Agut broke his long-standing fourth-round barrier when he made the quarterfinals in Melbourne and the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2019, but he has never yet been past the last 16 at Roland Garros.

The world no. 11 has always been thought of more as a hard-court player, and he impressed at the ‘Cincinnati’ Masters a few weeks ago with wins over Karen Khachanov and Daniil Medvedev and a three-set battle with Djokovic, but he has won ATP Tour titles on all surfaces during his career and his relentless consistency from the baseline works on all surfaces as he showed during an uneven but typically tenacious 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Koepfer.

Bautista Agut dropped serve six times and only won 56% of points behind his first serve, not numbers which he will have been too satisfied with. Will he do better against Rublev?

Andrey Rublev (PA Images)

Rublev also had to go the distance in his match against Tommy Paul, dropping serve twice himself in a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 win which means he has now beaten two Americans in Hamburg, Tennys Sandgren and Paul. The Russian’s record is not as impressive on clay as it is on hard courts: He is 59-47 on clay, has reached two ATP Tour finals on it (in Hamburg last year) and has beaten one top-10 player on it (Dominic Thiem, again in Hamburg last year), while on hard courts he is 164-97, has won three titles (all in the past 12 months) and is 5-12 against top-10 players.

With a 19-5 record on hard courts in 2020 as opposed to 3-1 on clay, and defeated in an uneven match by Hubert Hurkacz at the Rome Masters last week, Rublev faces an uphill battle against Bautista Agut on this surface. While his win over the Spaniard at the ATP Cup in January was impressive, it came on a surface which maximised his big advantage over Bautista Agut – serving power. Rublev’s only real tactic is to power through Bautista Agut’s defense, which depends on him having a good day and is more difficult on clay

Bautista Agut vs Rublev: Prediction

Novak Djokovic must get past the dogged Roberto Bautista Agut to reach a seventh Cincinnati Masters 1000 Series final in New York.

Djokovic vs Bautista Agut is live from New York on Friday 28 August, time TBC

Yet to drop a set at the Western & Southern Open and with a perfect 21-0 record in 2020, Djokovic plays his eighth semifinal at the relocated Cincinnati Masters against Bautista Agut on Friday after matches were ‘paused’ at the New York tournament on Thursday.

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Djokovic has a 6-1 record in semifinals at the Western & Southern Open, with his first defeat coming to Daniil Medvedev last year. Bautista Agut eliminated Medvedev with a comeback win on Wednesday – can he get his fourth win over Djokovic?

Read on for our preview, predictions and live streaming information.

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Djokovic vs Bautista Agut: Head-to-head

Djokovic leads the head-to-head with Bautista Agut 8-3, winning their first five matches before the most recent six were split evenly. Djokovic won their most recent encounter, in the Wimbledon semifinals in July 2019 in four sets.

On hard courts, however, the head-to-head is 3-3 and Bautista Agut has won the last three matches they have played on that surface. Djokovic has not beaten Bautista Agut on hard courts since the 2015 US Open.

Djokovic vs Bautista Agut: Preview

Djokovic aims to avoid a repeat of last year’s Western & Southern Open semifinal defeat on Friday. It would have been a straight rematch of last year’s semifinal, had Bautista Agut not pulled off an impressive comeback victory over defending champion Medvedev; the Spaniard lost the first set 1-6 in 29 minutes, and was down 0-40 as he served to open the second set.

Roberto Bautista Agut has won his last three matches on hard courts against Novak Djokovic (PA Images)

A change in tactics for Bautista Agut, who began to attack the net wherever possible instead of trading from the baseline against the junkballing Medvedev, saw him stave off disaster and break to lead 3-1. The Russian then won three games in a row to lead 4-3 and looked to have the match in the bag, but Bautista Agut played some formidable attacking forehands – the biggest improvement in his game over the past two years – to string together a mini-run of games of his own and take the second set. With Medvedev failing to adapt to the changed dynamic of the match, Bautista Agut was able to maintain a razor-thin edge throughout the third set and eventually closed out a 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory in two hours and 15 minutes.

Djokovic meanwhile took just 64 minutes to dismiss Jan-Lennard Struff, although the physical advantage of a much shorter match is largely nullified by the unexpected rest day between quarters and semis. What’s not nullified is how impressively well Djokovic played against an opponent who could, and perhaps should, have been tricky; Struff had ousted 2019 runner-up David Goffin, and took a set from Djokovic in their last encounter at the Australian Open, but never came anywhere near doing so on Wednesday. Djokovic broke early and broke often, and although he was broken himself when serving for the match, he claimed his fifth break to record a 6-3, 6-1 win.

Looking better and better since his scrappy opener against Ricardas Berankis and seemingly untroubled by the neck pain which saw him pull out of doubles, Djokovic was hitting clean forehand winners off the back foot for fun against Struff. Bautista Agut should be much tougher – he lacks the kind of outright weaponry Struff possesses, but he gets a lot of balls back, and doesn’t yield the baseline tamely; he’s also got plenty of options in his game if plan A isn’t working. He’s also won the last three hard-court matches vs Djokovic, although there’s a context for each defeat. The Spaniard will keep the scoreline respectable and close, but Djokovic will get the win.

Djokovic vs Struff: Prediction

Daniil Medvedev faces the first real challenge of his Western & Southern Open in the form of a quarterfinal clash with the tough Roberto Bautista Agut.

Medvedev vs Bautista Agut is live from Cincinnati on Wednesday 26 August at 1pm local/6pm BST

Despite not having played a tournament since the Open 13 in February, Medvedev is yet to drop a set as he attempts to defend his Cincinnati Masters title in New York – site of his memorable run to the US Open final in 2019.

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After straight-sets victories over a pair of qualifiers, Medvedev should find things much tougher against world no. 12 Bautista Agut in Wednesday’s quarterfinals – the Spaniard won their only previous meeting in straight sets.

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Medvedev vs Bautista Agut: Head-to-head

These two have played just once before, in the final of what was then the Chennai Open in 2017 on outdoor hard courts. Bautista Agut won 6-3, 6-4.

Roberto Bautista Agut is 1-0 vs Medvedev (PA Images)

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Some of the players have commented that the courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre, where the Western & Southern Open is being played behind closed doors this year, are playing fast, but neither that nor the relocation of the tournament nor the absence of a crowd seems to be bothering defending champion Medvedev so far.

The Russian, who followed a maiden Masters 1000 Series title in Cincinnati last year with a run to the US Open final, made a pretty good start to the year with a semifinal run at the ATP Cup as part of the Russia team before being edged out of the Australian Open in the round of 16 by former champion Stan Wawrinka. He had a lacklustre European indoor season in February, going 1-2, but then as we all know the tennis season was decimated by circumstances nobody expected.

We didn’t see a lot of Medvedev during the shutdown, but he’s looked good on the resumption despite facing two opponents who, thanks to playing through qualifying, had a distinct match-fitness advantage over him. Neither Marcos Giron nor Aljaz Bedene was able to push Medvedev to a third set; Medvedev did not face a single break point against Bedene, and saved all three which Giron created.

It’s about to get a lot tougher. Andy Murray recently named Bautista Agut as one of the most underrated players in men’s tennis, and the Spaniard is a quiet 11-3 in 2020, having won every match he played on Spain’s way to the ATP Cup final in January (they fell to Serbia).

Bautista Agut has rarely excelled at the US Open – his best result was a round-of-16 finish in 2015 – but he made the quarterfinals of three Masters 1000 Series events on North American hard courts last year and is a tenacious competitor. While we shouldn’t necessarily read too much into the fact that he beat Medvedev in their only previous meeting – Medvedev was barely inside the top 100 at the time, and it was a final, the Russian’s first at ATP Tour level – Bautista Agut has beaten Richard Gasquet and Karen Khachanov in ‘Cincinnati’ already and it’s easy to see how his counterpunching baseline game could be a tricky one for Medvedev to break down: Bautista Agut isn’t going to give up huge numbers of unforced errors, although he also doesn’t really have the weapons to punch through Medvedev’s defense.

Medvedev vs Bautista Agut: Prediction

Novak Djokovic could be headed for a semifinal clash with defending champion Daniil Medvedev as the Cincinnati Masters 2020 takes place in New York.

We break down the women’s singles draw, analyse the contenders and predict the semifinalists and champion as Djokovic, Medvedev, Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas lead the field at the Western & Southern Open.

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The 2020 tennis season will finally get a Masters 1000 Series event played as the Western & Southern Open takes place, with main-draw play beginning on Saturday 22 August.

The tournament is being played behind closed doors at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Centre, and is the first official ATP Tour event to be played since early March. Top seed Djokovic brings a perfect 18-0 record this season as he leads the field, and could be set for what would be a rematch of last year’s semifinals against defending champion Medvedev.

ATP Cincinnati Masters, New York Draw Analysis

Top Quarter

Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Novak Djokovic (1) vs David Goffin (7)
Djokovic takes the court in New York having last lost a singles match in November, and having last played an ATP match in February when he beat Tsitsipas in the Dubai final. The world no. 1 has been in defiant mood, repeating his comparison of the media criticism he’s received lately to a ‘witch hunt’, but inasmuch as these things ever seem to affect his tennis, they tend to bring out the best in him – and Djokovic’s best is formidable.

This is not to say we should expect to see the 17-time Grand Slam champion playing anything like his finest, smoothest tennis next week. At 33, even the supremely fit Djokovic will be urgently trying to manage the physical transition back to competition after such an unusual and lengthy layoff as best he can.

Felix Auger-Aliassime could await Novak Djokovic in the third round (PA Images)

Wildcard Tommy Paul or a qualifier (a particularly dangerous proposition at the moment because they have had recent matches) will be Djokovic’s first opponent. Felix Auger-Aliassime, 13-9 in 2020 with two finals reached to his credit, could await if he isn’t ousted by hard-hitting Nikoloz Basilashvili.

David Goffin was a surprise finalist in Cincinnati last year, but he had a very soft draw and this isn’t. Every player in his section except perhaps Benoit Paire could be a threat, especially when he could face Denis Shapovalov, Marin Cilic, Jan-Lennard Struff or Alex de Minaur in the third round. On the other hand, none of them look very threatening to Djokovic.

Predicted semifinalist: Djokovic

Second Quarter

Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Daniil Medvedev (3) vs Roberto Bautista Agut (8)
It’s so hard to know what to expect from Medvedev. Last year’s US Open finalist and Cincinnati champion was 8-4 before the shutdown, during which he played little. Now defending his points in ‘Cincinnati’ (although revised rankings take that pressure off), Medvedev has a nice draw to play himself into form – a qualifier in the second round with Cristian Garin or Taylor Fritz in the third round. He should make the quarterfinals.

Roberto Bautista Agut (PA Images)

The perpetually underrated Roberto Bautista Agut has made a Masters 1000 Series final in the past (Shanghai 2016) and his draw isn’t bad, either: The Spaniard could open against Richard Gasquet, against whom he is 5-2. Projected third-round opponent Karen Khachanov could well go out in the first round to the unpredictable Sascha Bublik, who would have run out of steam by the time he got to Bautista Agut, or indeed to Pablo Carreno Busta in the second round. This is one quarter where seeding could hold up.

Predicted semifinalist: Bautista Agut

Third quarter

Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Matteo Berrettini (6) vs Stefanos Tsitsipas (4)
Berrettini and Tsitsipas both played Patrick Mouratouglou’s innovative Ultimate Tennis Showdown during the shutdown, so we’ll see if that ecelectic format had a beneficial effect for them.

Big-serving Berrettini was a surprise US Open semifinalist last year but had played just two matches in 2020 before the shutdown due to injury, so he could be an early seeded casualty, opening against a match-tough qualifier with tenacious Diego Schwartzman or big-serving Reilly Opelka waiting in the third round.

Stefanos Tsitsipas has found himself surrounded by big servers (PA Images)

Tsitsipas should be in better shape, but he’s got a tougher draw. Former US Open finalist Kevin Anderson or Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund will be his opening opponent, while either John Isner or Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz are likely to await in the third round if he gets through that. This is the quarter of the big servers; could the diminutive Schwartzman outwit them all?

Predicted semifinalist: Schwartzman

Fourth quarter

Projected quarterfinal by seeding: Alexander Zverev (5) vs Dominic Thiem (2)
A really interesting, tightly-packed quarter this one. Thiem played 28 exhibition matches during the shutdown, just to keep his hand in, and if someone apart from Djokovic is going to win the US Open, the Austrian has to be among a shortlist of contenders. Often Thiem is too exhausted/over-scheduled to be at his most effective at this time of year, but that shouldn’t be a problem in 2020.

Thiem could open against Filip Krajinovic, a better player than his ranking but injury-prone and erratic, with Grigor Dimitrov a projected third-round opponent, although the Bulgarian is unlikely to be at his best after a draining bout of COVID-19.

Alexander Zverev (PA Images)

Zverev has a rather tougher path of it: He could open against Andy Murray, should the man with the metal hip beat Frances Tiafoe in the first round. Andrey Rublev, the Russian who scored wins over Tsitsipas and Roger Federer on American hard courts last year, could await in the third round: Rublev faces Dan Evans, who played well during the Battle of the Brits, and who is a career-high world no. 28 at the moment, in the first round, but leads the head-to-head 2-1. Big servers Milos Raonic (always dangerous despite his struggles with injury) and Sam Querrey will face the winner.

Semifinalist: Thiem

ATP Cincinnati Masters, New York Prediction

Semifinals: Djokovic d. Bautista Agut
Thiem d. Schwartzman

Final: Djokovic d. Thiem