2021 Madrid Open Second Round – Matteo Berrettini vs Fabio Fognini Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

Where is Matteo Berrettini vs Fabio Fognini taking place? Park Manzanares, Madrid, Spain

When is Matteo Berrettini vs Fabio Fognini on and what time does it start? Tuesday 4th May, 2021 – Not before 15:15 (UK)

What surface is Matteo Berrettini vs Fabio Fognini being played on? Clay (outdoor)

Where can I get tickets for Matteo Berrettini vs Fabio Fognini? Click here for the latest ticket information

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

Where can I stream Matteo Berrettini vs Fabio Fognini in the UK? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match live on Prime Video. Tennis TV subscribers can also stream the match live

THE PREDICTION

This is a blockbuster second round match at the Madrid Open between two of Italy’s impressive four players inside the top 33 men in ATP world rankings and with their only previous match almost four years ago to this day, this may as well be a first meeting between Fabio Fognini and Matteo Berrettini. 33-year-old Fognini coped well as his customary villain of the piece on Monday versus Spanish qualifier Carlos Taberner and to come through in three sets. He will be the better for it and did beat Berrettini on clay back in 2017 at the Rome Masters but the younger Italian is a totally different player these days. The world number 10 recently stopped Aslan Karatsev, vanquisher of Novak Djokovic, in the Serbia Open final to claim his fourth ATP title and he still looks off his best ability. Quite frankly this match could be one of the best of the tournament but that is largely down to its unpredictability. Fognini will be up for this like no other against his compatriot and ATP Cup teammate but Berrettini is currently in the better form. Three sets is no given either, so it could be worth leaving this one well alone. However, taking 25-year-old Berrettini to win at least a set here seems the only reasonably creditable option.

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