Shanghai 2016: ATP Championship Prediction

Andy Murray vs. Roberto Bautista Agut

Roberto Bautista Agut has had a great week piling up quality wins and culminating in a semifinal win over world #1 Novak Djokovic.  Or was that the culmination?  Could he possibly beat world #2 Andy Murray and take home a Masters 1000 shield?  He could, but my educated guess is that he won’t.  Andy Murray leads their head-to-head series 2-0 without yet dropping a set to the Spaniard.  Murray has played quite well from Masters Madrid forward.  He is #2 and is closing his computer gap with Novak Djokovic in a manner that makes the final few events of the season quite important.  Bautista Agut competes hard and will make Murray earn a win, but this match doesn’t seem to require a breakdown of pluses and minuses.  Murray is the better player in most areas and should win.

My Prediction: Andy Murray d. Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-2

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