2019 Rogers Cup – Adrian Mannarino vs Fabio Fognini Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Adrian Mannarino vs Fabio Fognini taking place? IGA Stadium, Montreal

When is Adrian Mannarino vs Fabio Fognini on and what time does it start? Thursday 8th August, 2019 – 23:30 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Adrian Mannarino vs Fabio Fognini? Scattered thunderstorms and a temperature around 28c

What channel is Adrian Mannarino vs Fabio Fognini on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Adrian Mannarino vs Fabio Fognini? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match on their platform

Where can I get tickets for Adrian Mannarino vs Fabio Fognini? https://sport.bt.com/live-on-bt-sport-01364117948039

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting:
Fabio Fognini beat Adrian Mannarino 6-7, 7-6, 6-2

ADRIAN MANNARINO

  • 31-year-old Adrian Mannarino made light work of 11th seed Borna Coric in his second-round match at the Rogers Cup to set up a fifth meeting with Italy’s Fabio Fognini.
  • The world number 69 won his first ATP title this year at the Libema Open on grass but his two big wins here over Coric, and an in-form Mikhail Kukushkin in the first round, suggest he is just as comfortable on the hard surface.
  • The Frenchman seems to have struggled to focus since his first title win, with first-round exits at Wimbledon and then the Hall of Fame Open in Rhode Island followed by a shock defeat by world number 137 Norbert Gombos last week in Washington.

FABIO FOGNINI

  • Seventh-seed Fabio Fognini created 11 break points against young American Tommy Paul in their second-round match and won four of them to get through in straight-sets.
  • The Italian is now 23-15 for the 2019 season, won the title in Monte-Carlo during the clay court season and broke into the top 10 ahead of Wimbledon.
  • Fognini shares a 2-2 head-to-head record with next opponent Adrian Mannarino, and won the last meeting between the pair last year on a hard court in Sydney.

THE PREDICTION

The previous match between these players was a long and drawn out affair in Sydney 2018, with two tie-breaks forcing the deciding set, won by Fognini. Both he and Mannarino are excellent players, and are both arguably enjoying the best year of their careers with a title each, Mannarino’s first, and Fognini breaking the top 10. The Frenchman is better than his current ATP ranking of 69, but seems to have fallen away mentally since his Libema Open success. However, his 6-1, 6-2 dismissal of Borna Coric depicts a player who can always hurt the top 20, and so this could be 2-1 once more to Fognini by the close of play.

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