(Reuters) – A look at the records of Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut and Briton Andy Murray before their first-round match at the Australian Open on Monday (prefix number denotes seeding).
22-ROBERTO BAUTISTA AGUT
ATP ranking: 23 (Highest ranking: 13)
Grand Slam titles: 0
2018 Australian Open performance: First round
Best Australian Open performance: Fourth round (2014, 2016, 2017)
The Spaniard is a grinder and a tricky first round opponent for Murray, and is coming off a convincing victory in Doha where he beat Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych en route to winning the title.
Bautista Agut’s shot selection and work-rate make him a tough prospect at the best of times and Murray will have his work cut out for him if the Briton is to reach the second round.
ANDY MURRAY (BRITAIN)
ATP ranking: 230 (Highest ranking: 1)
Grand Slam titles: 3 (Wimbledon 2013, 2016; U.S. Open 2012)
2018 Australian Open performance: Did not participate
Best Australian Open performance: Runner-up (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016)
Murray’s admission that the Australian Open could be his final tournament has dominated the build-up to the competition.
The three-times major winner is a shadow of his former self following hip surgery a year ago and was tamely beaten in straight sets by Russia’s Daniil Medvedev at the Brisbane International warmup.
HEAD-TO-HEAD (Bautista Agut 0 – Murray 3)
2014 Murray d Bautista Agut 6-2 6-3 6-2 (Wimbledon, grass)
2015 Murray d Bautista Agut 6-4 6-4 (Munich, clay)
2016 Murray d Bautista Agut 7-6(1) 6-1 (Shanghai, hard)
Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; editing by Amlan Chakraborty