Thomas Fabbiano vs. Lorenzo Sonego
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 24, 2019, 5:00 AM (EDT)|
Roy Emerson Arena
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Italian tennis superstar, Lorenzo Sonego will be playing at the 2019 ATP Swiss Open in Gstaad. In the second round of the tournament, Sonego will play against Thomas Fabbiano who is also from Italy.
Lorenzo Sonego received an opening-round bye due to his high seeding. Sonego enters this tournament following a poor tournament at Wimbledon where he was eliminated in the opening round. Despite that result, Lorenzo Sonego has been playing well as he won the Antalya Open at the end of June. Returning to clay should give Lorenzo Sonego a boost as the Italian superstar is very strong on this surface. In 2019, Sonego made the quarterfinals of both the Grand Prix Hassan II and Monte Carlo Masters. Lorenzo Sonego has won 64% of his career matches on clay which should mean that he is comfortable with the conditions at this tournament.
On the other side of the coin, Thomas Fabbiano defeated Sandro Ehrat in straight sets. It was a solid performance by Fabbiano as he won 82% of his service games and 4 return games. Thomas Fabbiano has been in good form as he made the semifinals of the Eastbourne International and the third round at Wimbledon. Returning to clay may be a problem for Thomas Fabbiano as he has a record of 3-10 on this surface in 2019.
Lorenzo Sonego and Thomas Fabbiano have played each other twice in the past. Fabbiano has won both prior matches against Sonego. The most recent match between these two players was in 2017 where Fabbiano won in straight sets. It is important to note that the prior matches between Lorenzo Sonego and Thomas Fabbiano were not at full ATP tournaments.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Lorenzo Sonego to win this match. Lorenzo Sonego has been in good form and the Italian player looks very confident following his title win in Antalya. Lorenzo Sonego is the higher-ranked player and I see him being too good for Thomas Fabbiano on clay.