ATP Auckland Final Top Tennis Pick: Jack Sock vs. Roberto Bautista Agut

João Mourato

Friday, January 15, 2016 1:20 PM GMT

Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 1:20 PM GMT

The ATP Auckland final takes place this Friday night, with Jack Sock and Roberto Bautista Agut fighting for the title. Join us while we analyze the highest value tennis pick.

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Free Tennis Pick: Over 23 (-118)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

 

Jack Sock vs Roberto Bautista Agut (8)
With an outstanding comeback against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Roberto Bautista Agut booked a place in the ASB Classic final. The Spaniard lost the first set and found himself a break down on second set, but never gave up and managed to emerge victorious after saving a match point. Agut’s forehand was extremely sharp during all the match, however it’s also important to mention Tsonga’s inconsistency, ending the match with more than 50 unforced errors. This will be Roberto’s 7th career final and after losing the previous three decisive matches, the Spaniard will be looking to win his first trophy since July 2014.

As we mentioned in our semifinals preview, a very close contest was expected between Jack Sock and David Ferrer. As happened in the previous round against Kevin Anderson, Sock needed to comeback from a set down to claim the victory. Jack just couldn’t find a way to overcome David’s baseline consistency on first set, ending that set with 17 unforced errors. However after losing the first one, Sock’s serve and forehand were outstanding, with the American playing some of his best tennis ever.

This will be the 5th career meeting between these two players, with 2 – 2 on head-to-head, however Sock won the two matches played in 2015 – both in US Soil.

The match-up seems quite similar from Sock’s previous match against Ferrer. The American will face a very consistent and terrific baseline player, but the main difference for Jack is that Agut hits his shots much more flat than Ferrer does. David struggled to hit deep groundstrokes, giving Sock too many chances to control the rallies with his forehand, however Agut has been playing at a tremendous pace and dictating the points extremely well with his flat forehand. Despite playing some unbelievable tennis, Sock mentioned that he felt some flu light symptoms and that’s always something to take into account. No doubts that Jack can reach a higher level of tennis and might get the win at the end, but this won’t be an easy match for him and once again a third set might be needed to decide the winner. With this in mind, we’ll add the Over tennis odds value to our tennis picks for the ATP Auckland final.

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