2020 Dubai Open – Dan Evans vs Fabio Fognini Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Dan Evans vs Fabio Fognini taking place? Aviation Club Tennis Centre, Dubai, UAE

When is Dan Evans vs Fabio Fognini on and what time does it start? Tuesday 25th February, 2020 – not before 12:00 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Dan Evans vs Fabio Fognini? Sunny, 31c

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

Where can I stream Dan Evans vs Fabio Fognini in the UK? Amazon Prime or Tennis TV subscribers may be able to stream the match

Where can I get tickets for Dan Evans vs Fabio Fognini? Click here to purchase tickets for the 2020 Dubai Open

Who won the last meeting between Dan Evans vs Fabio Fognini? N/A

THE LOWDOWN

DAN EVANS

  • Dan Evans took a week off the tour following a quarter-final exit at the Rotterdam Open to the eventual champion Gael Monfils, missing out on the Delray Beach Open after finishing as runner-up last year.
  • The 29-year-old has reached the quarter-finals of three out of four tournaments he has entered so far in 2020, if you include the ATP Cup where he represented Great Britain as their number one.
  • Evans has fallen back to world number 37 following a week off the court but he reached a career-high 31st in the ATP world rankings the previous week after a strong showing in Rotterdam.

FABIO FOGNINI

  • World number 11 Fabio Fognini has not played on tour since losing to Karen Khachanov in his first match at the Rotterdam Open a fortnight ago in straight sets.
  • The Italian number two was knocked out of the round of 16 stage of the Australian Open before that by a surging Tennys Sandgren but he had three impressive wins before that over Reilly Opelka, Jordan Thompson and Guido Pella.
  • The 31-year-old has nine ATP titles to his name but with only one hard court trophy, coming at Los Cabos in Mexico back in 2018, it is surprising to find him here at the Dubai Open for a first time whilst the clay season gets underway.

THE PREDICTION

There could be some heated exchanges in this match between consistent firebrand Fabio Fognini and Great Britain’s Dan Evans, who is not afraid to question the behaviour of the player opposite him. Evans is also exactly the kind of player likely to test the Italian’s temperament, and he will know that he can win this first meeting with Fognini if he produces his best tennis on a hot afternoon in Dubai. Fognini will be favourite but Dan Evans beat Karen Khachanov in Rotterdam, right after the Russian had beaten Fognini, and could pull off another upset here.

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