Valencia SF previews and picks: Bautista Agut vs. Johnson, Pospisil vs. Sousa

The Grandstand

Pospisil 1An on-fire Steve Johnson will look to maintain his hot streak against Roberto Bautista Agut on Saturday in Valencia. The other semifinal pits Vasek Pospisil against Joao Sousa.

(7) Roberto Bautista Agut vs. Steve Johnson

Two familiar foes will be going head-to-head when Bautista Agut and Johnson battle on Saturday for a spot in the Valencia Open title match. They faced each other three times in 2014 in the span of less than four months. Bautista Agut has won all three of their previous encounters; 6-3, 6-3 at the Indian Wells Masters, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 two weeks later in Miami, and 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-5 in the Wimbledon first round.

Right now, though, Johnson is playing the best tennis of his career. The 33rd-ranked American is coming off a runner-up performance in Vienna and so far this week he has taken out Martin Klizan, Feliciano Lopez, and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in…

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