Wimbeldown Preview – David Ferrer Vs. Roberto Bautista Agut
In an all-Spaniard match-up, the fourth seed David Ferrer will be taking on the 60th ranked Roberto Bautista Agut in a second round match up. As the fourth ranked player in the world, Ferrer should have little trouble taking care of a player ranked outside the top 50, but that has not been the way Wimbledon has taken shape so far this year. In fact, it seems like the bigger the difference between the rankings of the two tennis players, the larger chance of an underdog victory coming out of the blue.
Rafael Nadal lost his first round match-up with Steve Darcis of Belgium in straight sets 7/6, 7/6, 6/4. That was followed up by Federer losing his second round match against Sergiy Stakhovsky of the Ukraine in four sets 6/7, 7/6, 7/5, 7/6. High-ranking players have not had as easy a journey through the tournament that they might have seen in other years, so it would be in Ferrer’s best interest to keep playing at a high level.
Ferrer faced Martin Alund of Argentina in the first round and managed to get by him in four sets with a 6/1, 4/6, 7/5, 6/2 victory. Agut met Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia and was able to force his way through to the second round on the strength of a straight set win 6/3, 6/4, 7/6.
Ferrer reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon for the first time last year, and the pathway appears to be open for him to at least get that far again this year. So far this year, Ferrer has made it to the semifinals of the Australian Open and the finals of the French Open, which sets him up nicely for a long run at the latest Grand Slam event.