2019 Rogers Cup – Rafael Nadal vs Fabio Fognini Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Rafael Nadal vs Fabio Fognini taking place? IGA Stadium, Montreal

When is Rafael Nadal vs Fabio Fognini on and what time does it start? Friday 9th August, 2019 – 23:30 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Rafael Nadal vs Fabio Fognini? Partly cloudy with a temperature around 20c

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

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

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

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting:
Fabio Fognini beat Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-2

RAFAEL NADAL

  • Rafael Nadal displayed a gulf in class between himself and Guido Pella in a straight-sets victory over the Argentine in the round of 16.
  • The Spaniard’s serve was broken for a third time this tournament but his first serve percentage improved greatly from his first match to show him settling in to his rhythm.
  • Nadal will face a familiar foe in Italy’s Fabio Fognini in the Rogers Cup quarter-finals with a healthy 11-4 head-to head record over the 32-year-old and a 5-1 record on hard courts.

FABIO FOGNINI

  • Fabio Fognini is yet to drop a set at this year’s Rogers Cup after a round of 16 defeat of Adrian Mannarino but he will now face the toughest challenger in the draw, Rafael Nadal, for a 16th time.
  • That win puts Fognini at 23-15 for 2019 and he will likely move back into the top ten after dropping back to 11th in the ATP world rankings, having reached a career high 9th last month.
  • Fognini beat Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of the Monte-Carlo Masters in his title-winning campaign earlier this year, their most recent meeting, and has previously beaten the Spaniard at the US Open in 2015.

THE PREDICTION

This match looks like the one to watch in the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup between two players who at 32 and 33 years old have played out their careers in tandem, with the elder Rafael Nadal coming out on top in an 11-4 all-time record. Fabio Fognini, along with Dominic Thiem, is one of a few players capable of beating Nadal on his favoured clay surface, as he did to reach the Monte-Carlo finals earlier this year, but the Spaniard holds the advantage on a hard court. It is difficult to say if the Italian can claim a set, there is a good chance, but it is more likely that Nadal can raise his game again to beat Fognini in straight sets on the hard surface for a fifth time.

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