Taylor Fritz vs. Fabio Fognini
|Date & Time||Saturday September 29, 2018, 2:00 AM (EDT)|
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Fabio Fognini and Taylor Fritz meet in the semifinals of the 2018 tennis Chengdu Open.
Fabio Fognini is coming off a straight sets win over Matthew Ebden that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Fognini won 72 percent of his first serve points and 69 percent of his second serve points. Fognini won 71 percent of his total service points and saved two of his three break points. Fognini has won all four sets this tournament and has done so by serving at a very high level, which includes 11 combined aces and being broken just twice. As long as Fognini can keep his head on straight and continue to hit his spots with his first serve, he’s going to give himself a real chance to win this tournament. Fognini hopes to make his fourth final appearance of the year and his 18th final appearance of his career. Fognini has won six of his last eight matches on hard court.
Taylor Fritz is coming off a straight sets win over Sam Querrey that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Fritz won 85 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Fritz won 72 percent of his total service points and saved two of his three break points. Fritz has now won each of his last six sets and has combined for 31 aces in this tournament. Fritz has really turned his season around on hard court all of a sudden, winning five of his last six matches and has a chance at his biggest moment of the year if he continues to get so many free points with his serve. Fritz has double-digit aces in five of his last six matches overall. Fritz hopes to make his second career final appearance and the first since the 2016 Memphis Open. Fritz has won five of his last six matches on hard court.
There’s no previous match history between these two players.
Fritz is worth a look here based on how well he’s serving and the fact he can get himself out of trouble with a couple of aces. However, Fognini has done well this year beating players he’s supposed to beat and has had great success in smaller tournaments. This feels like it’s Fognini’s title to lose with the draw being what it is, and betting against him probably isn’t wise. Fognini is hitting his spots, the confidence has increased and he’s a true top-10 player when he’s not overthinking things.
I like Fognini to make another final in 2018.