Roberto Bautista Agut and Vasek Pospisil will meet for the first time on the professional tour when they step out on Court des Princes for their first round match-up in Monte Carlo. Should Pospisil appear healthy in this match-up, this has the potential to be a thoroughly entertaining affair.
World No. 28 Vasek Pospisil has had a turbulent 2014, as he has been sidelined for a significant portion of the season so far with a back injury. The Canadian, who had a magnificent breakthrough season in 2013, began his season in strong fashion, as he reached the the semi-finals in Chennai before losing to Stanislas Wawrinka via retirement when his back problems began to flare up. He would withdraw from the third round of the Australian Open a couple of weeks later, and has not won a single match on the ATP World Tour ever since. He has partaken in four tournaments since Melbourne, yet losing in his opening match at each event – even the ATP Challengers event in Irving, Texas last month. It will be interesting to see how well Pospisil can perform on clay, which is known for being slightly easier on the body than grass or hard courts.
It has been an eventful season so far for world No. 44 Roberto Bautista Agut. The Spaniard began his season by reaching the semi-finals in Auckland, before picking up one of the biggest upset wins of his career, when he defeated Juan Martin del Potro in the second round of the Australian Open. He would later make his Davis Cup debut against Germany, and would pick up his second upset win of the season when he defeated Tomas Berdych to reach the third round at Indian Wells. The Spaniard has not lost in the opening round of an event since Chennai in January and will be looking to maintain that trend tomorrow afternoon when he meets Pospisil.
This marks the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, and will likely be a one-sided meeting due to Pospisil’s inured state. Agut has been playing some of his best tennis this season and will likely overwhelm the Canadian en route to a straight sets victory.
Prediction: Roberto Bautista Agut in Straight Sets