Alejandro Davidovich Fokina - Roberto Bautista Agut
Roberto Bautista Agut reached the finals of ATP Montpellier without dropping a set and also made a solid start to the title-deciding clash against David Goffin but couldn't maintain the intensity as the match progressed and eventually ended up on the losing side of a three-setter, 7-5 4-6 2-6.
This result also ended the Spaniard's impressive run of going through at least one unbeaten week in the opening two months of the season for five consecutive years — champion in Auckland 2016, Chennai 2017, Auckland 2018, Doha 2019, and won all his singles matches in the ATP Cup 2020.
Nevertheless, it was a much-needed confidence-boosting result for the world #13 Roberto Bautista Agut, who suffered an injury and faced a massive upset at the hands of Radu Albot in the first round of the Australian Open a few weeks ago, 7-6 0-6 4-6 6-7.
Former quarterfinalist of ATP Rotterdam, Roberto Bautista Agut has got a perfect 3-0 record in the first round of this tournament. That said, his most recent defeat here in the second round of the 2020 edition came against compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta, and he now faces the fellow Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the first round on Wednesday.
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina is also dealing with fitness issues in the early stages of the 2021 season. He took a tumble and turned his ankle in Biella Challenger last month and again hurt himself similarly during his second-round match against Hubert Hurkacz in Montpellier last week.
Despite dealing with injuries, the talented Spaniard did well to defeat Bernabe Zapata Miralles and Hubert Hurkacz en route to the quarterfinal of ATP Montpellier last week, where he got edged out by Egor Gerasimov in the quarterfinal.
Neither of them is in their perfect fitness condition at the moment, and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina seems to have bigger problems (comparatively), which hinders his chances against Roberto Bautista Agut, who looked far from his best in recent matches.