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13 May 2019 by Adam Evans

2019 Italian Open – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Fabio Fognini Preview & Prediction

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AT A GLANCE

Where is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Fabio Fognini taking place? Foro Italico, Rome

When is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Fabio Fognini on and what time does it start? Monday 13th May, 2019 – 18:30 (UK)

What channel is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Fabio Fognini on? BT Sport (check schedule for specific channel)

Where can I stream Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Fabio Fognini? BT Sport subscribers can stream the match via the BT Sport Player

Where can I get tickets for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Fabio Fognini? https://ticketing.internazionalibnlditalia.com/

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
All-time meetings:
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-1 Fabio Fognini
Last meeting:
Fabio Fognini beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6, 3-6, 6-4

JO-WILFRIED TSONGA

  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga looks to be struggling for form and fitness after retiring in the first round of Monte-Carlo and losing in the quarter-finals of his first Challenger event since 2007 in Bordeaux earlier this month.
  • Tsonga has dropped down to 92 in the world rankings following some real struggles with injuries over the last few seasons but has a 14-6 record for 2019 and could make some ground in this competition.
  • The 34-year-old Frenchman has a 4-1 record with his first-round opponent Fabio Fognini, including both of their meetings on clay.

FABIO FOGNINI

  • Fabio Fognini has found himself in an Italian renaissance at 31 years old as he is ranked at a career-high 12th in the world following his fantastic Monte-Carlo win.
  • Fognini put out Rafael Nadal in the semis at Monte-Carlo and has announced himself as a clay contender for the Rome Masters here and the incoming Roland Garros.
  • Fognini has only beaten Tsonga once in five previous meetings, but this was their last match at Indian Wells in 2017 and the Frenchman has been blighted by injuries since.

THE PREDICTION

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga almost called time on his career last year following a big injury but the Frenchman is still fighting back to try and find the form that saw him a mainstay in the top 30 for over a decade. He faces Italian Fabio Fognini in the first round of the Rome Masters at the wrong time for his development back to full match fitness as Fognini is apparently in the best form of his life and staking claims on the clay court season this year. A home crowd and the momentum from his Monte-Carlo win should keep Fognini in full confidence here.

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