Fognini is one of the strangest personalities ever to have played on the tennis court. With incredible talent, Fabio has beaten him. He has 5 career titles, but you do not feel like he could have been up to 30 years.
Last year, he won the title at Gstaad (SUI) and made a final at St Petersburg (RUS). To these we also add two more semifinals, in Stockholm (SWE) and Miami (USA). Maybe surprisingly, Fognini got better results on hard than on clay. And maybe even a little stranger, the best performances in 2017 came after the Italian became a daddy, in the conditions he often said he does not manage to sleep at night. The long-awaited family holiday was auspicious because he started the season with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory with Dolgopolov (UKR), a sportsman that Fognini had not defeated so far.
Mannarino is a 29-year-old Frenchman, ranked 28th. Adrian plays only talent (like another tennis player involved in this duel), being capricious and indolent for so many times. She looks good at small tournaments, but when it comes to playing under “spotlight,” she is losing herself as a little girl in front of DiCaprio.
Last year, he won two titles at Noumea, the third or New Caledonia trophy plus Quimper (FRA). Both were challenger, and Adrian never won an ATP tournament. He also scored two finals at Antalya (TURI and Tokyo (JPN)). He had an easy task with Donskoy (RUS) in the first round, but finally scored 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 , so it’s easier to pass Berankis (LTU), score 6-2, 6-1.
H2H is 2-1 for Mannarino, with the French winning both disputes on the hard. If Dolgopolov does not miss that 3-3 ball in the second set, can Fognini not have the chance to get a chance with Mannarino. Still, I liked his mood, more energetic than usual. Both will try to play for the show, for those in the stands. This is an enormous nudge. That makes me believe that we will not see a match dominated by any of them, each of them having downs in the game, inevitable when you hit the risk. The over looks the best solution.
Prediction Today: Fognini – Mannarino: over 22.5 games