Rudolf Molleker vs. Fabio Fognini
|Date & Time||Thursday July 25, 2019, 8:00 AM (EDT)|
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Italian tennis superstar, Fabio Fognini has made it into the second round at the ATP German Open in Hamburg. Fabio Fognini will now play against Rudolf Molleker from Germany for a spot in the quarterfinals.
Rudolf Molleker had a big win in the previous round as he defeated Leonardo Mayer in straight sets. It was a close contest where Molleker won the opening set via a tiebreaker and the second set 6-4. During the win, Rudolf Molleker served exceptionally well. Rudolf Molleker hit 13 aces which helped him win 70% of his service points. Rudolf Molleker won all of his service games. While the serving was impressive, Rudolf Molleker struggled with his returning as he only won 29% of his receiving points. Rudolf Molleker only won 1 return game in the entire match. With Fognini as his opponent in this match, Rudolf Molleker must improve his receiving if he wishes to compete.
Looking at Fabio Fognini, it was a comfortable win for the Italian superstar in the opening round. Fognini defeated Julian Lenz in straight sets. During the win, Fabio Fognini impressed with his returning as he won 41% of his receiving points which allowed him to break his opponent’s serve on 4 occasions. The serving was also solid from Fabio Fognini as he won 80% of his service games. Fabio Fognini has had a very strong clay-court season in 2019 as he won the Monte Carlo Masters. In 2019, Fabio Fognini has already beaten the likes of Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev on clay. Considering his form heading into this tournament, Fabio Fognini will be tough to beat.
This will be the first time that Rudolf Molleker and Fabio Fognini will be playing each other at an ATP event.
Rudolf Molleker played well in the opening round to defeat an accomplished player in Leonardo Mayer. That being said, I see Molleker being defeated by Fognini. Fabio Fognini is an elite player and the Italian superstar has been outstanding on clay in 2019. Fognini looks in supreme form and I see him being too strong for Rudolf Molleker in this match.