ATP Cup 2020 – Daniil Medvedev vs Fabio Fognini Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Daniil Medvedev vs Fabio Fognini taking place? RAC Arena, Perth, Australia

When is Daniil Medvedev vs Fabio Fognini on? Friday 3rd January, 2020 – not before 10:30 (UK)

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

Where can I stream Daniil Medvedev vs Fabio Fognini? Amazon Prime subscribers can stream the match via Amazon Prime Video

Where can I get tickets for Daniil Medvedev vs Fabio Fognini? https://www.atpcup.com/tickets

Who won the last meeting between Daniil Medvedev and Fabio Fognini? Daniil Medvedev beat Fabio Fognini 6-3, 7-6

THE LOWDOWN

DANIIL MEDVEDEV

  • Without a doubt the story of 2019, 23-year-old Daniil Medvedev was a dangerous and unorthodox player on tour when he lost a five-set thriller in the third round of Wimbledon 2019 to David Goffin.
  • Following that, the Russian’s form exploded on the hard courts of the US and Asia, and he lost just four times after SW19 before burning out at the ATP Finals, reaching his next six consecutive tournament finals.
  • In that run, now world number five Medvedev won the Cincinnati Masters (beating Novak Djokovic along the way), the St. Petersburg Open and the Shanghai Masters. His biggest achievement, however, was taking Rafael Nadal to a deciding set at the US Open in September.

FABIO FOGNINI

  • 32-year-old Fabio Fognini reached a career-high ninth in the ATP world rankings last year in what was arguably his best season on tour to date, though his form drifted at the end.
  • Fognini enters 2020 with a new coach as he attempts to re-enter the top 10 in the world, and as the first Italian option here as compatriot Matteo Berrettini has not entered.
  • Fognini has played his first ATP Cup opponent Medvedev on three occasions over the past three years, all of them on hard courts, winning the first in 2017 but losing the next two, most recently in the quarter-finals of Shanghai in October.

THE PREDICTION

Daniil Medvedev’s form in the last third of the 2019 season was nothing short of miraculous. There was little doubt that, apart from the eventual year-end world number one Rafael Nadal, Medvedev was the best player on tour before an understandable burnout at the ATP Finals. The Russian ended 2019 with the most matches played, and most wins, of anybody and all eyes will be on him in this match to see if he is in the mood to go one better than his runners-up medal at the US Open. Fabio Fognini is always a tricky opponent, but his season looked to peter out last year and he should struggle to match Medvedev here.

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