Roberto Bautista-Agut will be up against Dusan Lajovic in the final of this year’s Orbotello Challenger
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Roberto Bautista-Agut has played well in this week’s Orbotello Challenger and seems to have saved his best tennis for the latter stages. The Spaniard entered as the top seed, but hasn’t struggled with the weight of expectation at all. He’ll aim to continue his march towards the top hundred on Sunday when he takes on Serbian qualifier Dusan Lajovic in the final.
Lajovic may well be a qualifier, but don’t let this fool you. He’s ranked higher than a good number of the seeds, and his appearance in a Challenger final is in no way surprising. At 22-years-old, Lajovic will be hungry for success in this event. He’s closing in on an all-time high ranking, and will be looking to earn the kind of money that could help him to take his career to the next level.
We can expect a big effort from Lajovic, but past history indicates that this final is Bautista-Agut’s to lose. When the pairing met earlier in the year in Rome, the Spaniard eased to a 6-2, 6-1 success. Playing on red clay in Italy yet again, Bautista-Agut appears to be a firm favourite.