N. Djokovic vs R. Bautista-Agut - 27/03/2019 Preview

N. Djokovic vs R. Bautista-Agut is one more great match at the Miami Masters 2019 Round of 1/8 Finals taking place in Miami on the hard court. Both talented players will play in a serious confrontation. Review our thoughts on this match here below.

 

Novak Djokovic

First of today’s players needs no introduction. It’s the living legend that is Novak Djokovic. Countless achievements that we could talk about all day long. After last season, arguably best season of his career given all the circumstances and struggles after coming back from a career-threatening injury, inspired by his close ones and reunited with his childhood coach Marian Vajda Novak came back to the top like he probably himself didn’t think he could. Djoker won the last two slams of the previous year and completed golden career 1000 masters series.

This season started as a dream and yet another slam is in his pocket. Indian Wells didn’t go as planned as he lost to a brilliant Kohlschreiber on that day, and credit has to be given to the German. A lost set in the second round against Del Bonis says that Novak isn’t as sharp as usual. Talking about his style of play I would call it controlled aggression. He sometimes tends to get too defensive but he plays his best tennis when he’s closer to the baseline dictating points. Novak’s return is probably best in the history of tennis the same could be said about his backhand. The only one that is also in the argument on these both elements could be Andre Agassi. Djokovic rarely gets aced thanks to his unreal ability and brilliant hands. Also one of the best at changing directions in rallies. Though he’s great on all surfaces he prefers hard the most.

 

Roberto Bautista-Agut

Roberto had a wonderful last season and a great start of the season this year losing only to an inform Tsitsipas in QF of AO in a close encounter. Bautista is one of the best competitors on the tour a great all-around player having won titles on all surfaces. And although being raised on clay courts he is a wonderful hard court player. He likes do dictate rallies from the baseline with his forehand which is quite flat being very unusual as he’s Spanish. BH is also very flat, but solid. Serve could be better but he relies on his first serve being in high percentages just to be able to have the initiative in rallies. And although he’s been struggling these couple of weeks this court does suit Bautista’s game.

 

H2H

Matches between these players are in Serbs favor 7-2. Though the last match ended in Spaniards win in a close encounter 3-6 7-6 6-4. We could expect a difficult match for worlds number 1 as Bautista hits the ball very flat and conditions to suit his game and Bautista is able to cause trouble against Novak as he showed in previous matches between them.

 

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