German tennis superstar, Alexander Zverev has made it into the third round of the 2019 ATP Monte Carlo Open in Monaco. Alexander Zverev will now face Fabio Fognini from Italy.
Fabio Fognini had an automatic win in the previous round as his opponent, Gilles Simon, retired prior to the start of the match. Fognini’s last match was in the opening round where the Italian won in 3 sets against Andrey Rublev. During the win against Rublev, Fognini returned serve very strongly as he won 40% of his return points which allowed him to win 5 receiving games. It has been a tough few months for Fabio Fognini as he has not made a quarterfinal appearance since January. This will be a tough match for the Italian since Alexander Zverev is an elite player and the number 3 seed.
Looking at Alexander Zverev, the German won his previous match with ease. Alexander Zverev won in straight sets and it was a dominant performance as he only lost 5 games in the entire match. During the victory, Alexander Zverev won 75% of his service games and 67% of his return games. Zverev looked very confident during the win and the German will be confident in his ability to make a big impact in this tournament.
Alexander Zverev and Fabio Fognini have played each other twice in the past with Zverev winning on both occasions. The most recent match between these two players was 2017 at the China Open where Alexander Zverev won in straight sets.
As far as this match is concerned, I am going to pick Alexander Zverev to win. Fognini has been a good player for many seasons but the Italian is looking in poor form at the moment. Alexander Zverev is an elite player and I see him being too strong for Fabio Fognini.