2019 Rogers Cup – Tommy Paul vs Fabio Fognini Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Tommy Paul vs Fabio Fognini taking place? IGA Stadium, Montreal

When is Tommy Paul vs Fabio Fognini on and what time does it start? Thursday 8th August, 2019 – 00:50 (UK)

What channel is Tommy Paul vs Fabio Fognini on? BT Sport have the television rights to the Rogers Cup this year so it is worth checking their schedule for this match

Where can I stream Tommy Paul vs Fabio Fognini? If televised, BT Sport subscribers can stream the match live via the BT Sport website & app. Amazon Prime subscribers can also stream the match on their platform

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

THE LOWDOWN

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TOMMY PAUL

  • World number 128 Tommy Paul got past two three-set qualifying matches against decent opposition in Ricardas Berankis and Alexei Popyrin before a commanding 6-1, 6-2 win over Canada’s Brayden Schnur in the first round.
  • The young American won a Challenger event in Florida earlier this year but is emulating his highest placing at an ATP event this year after second-round losses at the Libema Open and last time out to Stefanos Tsitsipas in Washington.
  • This is 22-year-old Paul’s first Rogers Cup campaign but his dismissal of Schnur in the first round here will give Fabio Fognini food for thought ahead of their first professional meeting.

FABIO FOGNINI

  • Fabio Fognini has dropped two places from a career-high 9th in the ATP world rankings after a disappointing Wimbledon campaign and two recent quarter-exits in Hamburg and Mexico.
  • The Italian exited the Men’s Doubles in the first round on Tuesday alongside Lucas Pouille with plenty of time for recovery for his first Singles match after receiving a bye.
  • The 32-year-old is aiming to progress past the second round of the Rogers Cup for the first time since his debut in 2007 where he lost to then world number one Roger Federer.

THE PREDICTION

Fabio Fognini is an explosive player, both physically and mentally, and while he favours clay he has the ability on his day to defeat anyone on the tour. However, he also has the capacity for complacency, and a bright young upstart like Tommy Paul could well be his downfall should he lose focus. In fact, it would not be a surprise if the American takes the first set before a proper battle commences, with a result following that hard to call. A three-set match looks on the cards, with the world number 128 Paul a very brave pick to progress here.

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