Valencia final preview and pick: Bautista Agut vs. Sousa

The Grandstand

SousaSpain’s own Roberto Bautista Agut will enjoy home-court advantage in Sunday’s Valencia final against Joao Sousa. Bautista Agut saved a whopping six match points in a semifinal win over Steve Johnson.

Taking place simultaneously with the Basel title match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, it will be final that nobody outside of Spain or Portugal watches when Roberto Bautista Agut goes up against Joao Sousa at the Valencia Open on Sunday afternoon.

Their only previous ATP-level encounter came earlier this season on the clay courts of Umag, where Sousa prevailed 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. The overall head-to-head series, however, is being led 4-1 by Bautista Agut. The Spaniard is 2-0 against Sousa in Challengers and 2-0 on the Futures circuit. Those four meetings came between 2007 and 2012 and two were contested on indoor hard courts.

After beating Bautista Agut in Umag, Sousa lost the final 6-4, 6-1 to Dominic…

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