Roberto BAUSTISTA AGUT vs Nikoloz BASILASHVILI | ATP Qatar Open 2021 Preview | Head-to-Head and Prediction

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Roberto BAUSTISTA AGUT vs Nikoloz BASILASHVILI | ATP Qatar Open 2021 Preview | Head-to-Head and Prediction

The final of Qatar is upon us between an unlikely pair, with Roberto Bautista Agut showing us why you should never underestimate him and Nikoloz Basilashvili continuing his run after beating Federer from match point down. This will be a grinding baseline affair and will be full of intense rallies and amazing shotmaking. It's not the final we expected but it'll be a finale filled with fireworks.

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HEAD TO HEAD

  • RBA leads the H2H is 3-1
  • Basilashvili leads the hardcourt H2H 1-0
  • RBA won Qatar Open back in 2019
  • Basilashvili has won 1 hardcourt title (Beijing 2018)
  • RBA is 8/5 win loss in 2021
  • Basilashvili is 6/5 win loss in 2021

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BAUTISTA AGUT - KEYS TO THE MATCH

Bautista Agut started 2021 with a fizzle only winning 1/4 matches including a first round loss at the Australian Open (lost to Albot). He has recovered his form since then by making 2 finals in 3 events and this week has shown us all that he can beat anybody on his day by beating Thiem (#4) and Rublev (#8). He will need to continue his patience counter punching game style against Basilashvili if he is to lift his second Qatar Open trophy.

Round 1 | def. Opelka 4-6 6-3 6-4
Round 2 | def. Bublik 6-4 6-3
Quarter Final | def. (1) Thiem 7-6 2-6 6-4
Semi Final | def. (3) Rublev 6-3 6-3

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BASILASHVILI - KEYS TO THE MATCH

Basilashvili thie week has turned back into the top 20 player we know he can be and his greatest career win (def. Federer) has only boosted his confidence which over the past two seasons has been lacking. He followed up the Fed win with a straight setter over American youngster Fritz. Although he has a 1-3 record against RBA, the Georgian has won their only hardcourt encounter and will rate his chances as the underdog in the final. 

Round 1 | def. Millman 2-6 6-4 6-2
Round 2 | def. (WC) Jarizi 6-2 6-2
Quarter Final | def. (2) Federer 3-6 6-1 7-5
Semi Final | def. Fritz 7-6 6-1

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Prediction = BAUTISTA AGUT in 2 sets

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