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Dan Hunter 13 Mar 2021
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Roberto Bautista-Agut vs Nikoloz Basilashvili Tips


5th seed Roberto Bautista-Agut will take on the unseeded Nikoloz Basilashvili in the final of the ATP 250 Qatar Open on Saturday, March 13. For Bautista-Agut, it will be his second final in three years, having won this title in 2019. 

Both players produced upsets in their semifinals – Bautista Agut knocked out third seed Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-3, and Basilashvili defeated Taylor Fritz 7-6, 6-1. Bautista-Agut is through to his second final of 2021, having previously reached the final in Montpelier in February, losing to David Goffin. Basilashvili is through to his first final since winning on clay in Hamburg in 2019. 


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Both finalists have been in impressive form in Doha this week, with Bautista-Agut defeating top seed Dominic Thiem as well as Rublev, while Basilashvili ousted the comebacking Roger Federer in the quarterfinals. 

I’m backing Roberto Bautista-Agut to claim his second Qatar Open trophy on Saturday, defeating Nikoloz Basilashvili in three tough sets. 

  • Bautista-Agut 3rd seed in Doha 
  • Bautista-Agut in second final of 2021
  • Basilashvili defeated Roger Federer in quarterfinals 
  • Basilashvili in first final since 2019 

Head to Head 


Roberto Bautista-Agut and Nikoloz Basilashvili have played each other four times on the ATP tour, with Bautista-Agut leading their head-to-head 3-1. These two first met in 2015 in the last-32 at Wimbledon, where Bautista-Agut won 7-6, 6-0, 6-1. In 2017 on the clay of Monte Carlo, Bautista-Agut triumphed 1-6, 6-3, 7-5.

In 2019, Basilashvili defeated Bautista-Agut in Dubai, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3. Last year in Hamburg on clay, Bautista-Agut defeated defending champion Basilashvili 6-4, 6-3.

Roberto Bautista-Agut Form 


Should the 32-year-old Bautista-Agut triumph on Saturday, he will likely be back in the world’s top 10 when the new ATP rankings are released on Monday. After a shaky start to 2021, the veteran Spaniard is through to his second ATP 250 final, with impressive wins this week over two top-10 players in Dominic Thiem and Andrey Rublev, ranked 4th and 7th respectively.  

Bautista-Agut is somewhat like a Novak Djokovic-light in terms of playing style; the Spaniard is one of the fittest players on the tour, and he relies on his resolute defending and counter punching skills to consistently defeat younger, bigger, harder hitting opponents. 

Such was the case vs Rublev on Friday, with the Spaniard’s consistency, patience and accuracy triumphing over the Russian’s bludgeoning power play. 

Nikoloz Basilashvili Form 


29-year old Nikoloz Basilashvili is enjoying his best run of form since winning the ATP event in Hamburg in 2019, where he defeated Alexander Zverev in the semis and Andrey Rublev in the final. Back then he was ranked 16th in the world, but a subsequent loss of form and a dreadful 2020 would see his ranking plummet to his current position of 42nd.

Basilashvili has certainly had a week to remember in Doha, following up his headline making victory over Roger Federer on Thursday with his equally impressive straight sets win over rising young American star Taylor Fritz yesterday. 

The Georgian displayed his customary resolute defending vs Fritz, soaking up the American’s heavy shots and outlasting him in a grueling first set, then taking Fritz apart with a barrage of winners in the second set to win the match 7-6, 6-1. 

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Roberto Bautista-Agut vs Nikoloz Basilashvili takes place at 01:00 AM (AEDT) on Saturday March 12

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Verdict

Both Roberto Bautista-Agut and Nikoloz Basilashvili are through to the final in Doha on merit, and both men have played superbly this week, claiming some major scalps along the way.
 
Saturday’s final features two players who are renowned for their fitness and defence, and ability to rally consistently and hit winners from the back of the court. The problem for Basilashvili is that Bautista-Agut can do everything that he does, only better.

I’m backing Roberto Bautista-Agut to defeat Nikoloz Basilashvili on Saturday, with the Spaniard emerging victorious over three tough sets to claim his second Qatar Open title in three years.
Best Bet: Basilashvili To Win a Set @100.00 at BetMGM - 1 Unit
Best Bet: Bautista-Agut 2-1 Set Betting @300.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 1 Unit
Value Bet: 3 Sets Total Sets @175.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit
Value Bet: WLW Bautista-Agut Set Exacta @700.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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