Karen Khachanov vs. Fabio Fognini
|Date & Time||Thursday October 10, 2019, 5:00 AM (EDT)|
Qizhong Forest Sports City Arena
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In the third round of the 2019 ATP Shanghai Masters, Fabio Fognini is set to play against Karen Khachanov.
Karen Khachanov was very impressive in the previous round as he defeated Taylor Fritz in straight sets. It was a dominant display by Khachanov as he managed to control the match with his strong serving. Karen Khachanov won 82% of his service points which allowed him to win all of his service games. Khachanov also won 3 return games to secure a comfortable win. It has been a strong few weeks for Karen Khachanov as he recently made the semifinals of the China Open. Khachanov looks in good form and that makes him a tough opponent to beat.
On the other side of the net, Fabio Fognini has managed to find some winning momentum after beating Andy Murray in the previous round. It was a close match with Fognini holding his nerve in the final set to win via a tiebreaker. It was a good result for Fognini but the Italian didn’t look at his best. Fognini struggled with his serve as he allowed Andy Murray to win 6 return games. This is expected to be a tough match for Fabio Fognini as Karen Khachanov is an opponent that the Italian struggles against.
Karen Khachanov and Fabio Fognini played each other last week at the China Open. Karen Khachanov won that match in 3 sets with Fognini losing 5 service games. Fabio Fognini must improve his serve if he wishes to compete with Karen Khachanov this time around.
Fabio Fognini has struggled over the past few months and I see him losing this match. The momentum is with Karen Khachanov after the Russian beat Fognini last week and I don’t see any reason for a different outcome in this match. Khachanov is in better form and I see him being good enough to win this match and secure a spot in the quarterfinals.