Factbox: Roberto Bautista Agut versus Andy Murray

(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).

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 12, 2019 – Britain’s Andy Murray trains. REUTERS/Edgar Su

22-ROBERTO BAUTISTA AGUT

Age: 30

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)

Age: 31

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 follwing 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)

Tennis – ATP – Qatar Open – Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex, Doha, Qatar – January 5, 2019 Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in action during the final against Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari

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

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