Italian tennis superstar, Fabio Fognini has made it into the quarterfinals of the 2019 ATP Auckland Open in New Zealand. Fognini is set to play against German tennis player, Philipp Kohlschreiber
Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Ugo Humbert in his previous match. It was a solid performance by Philipp Kohlschreiber as he won 2 breakpoints to secure victory in straight sets. During the win, it was impressive to watch Philipp Kohlschreiber serve as he only lost 3 service points in the entire match. Philipp Kohlschreiber won 93% of the points played during his serve which ensured that he won all of his service game. This is expected to be a much tougher match for Philipp Kohlschreiber as Fognini is a much more skilled receiver when compared to Ugo Humbert.
Looking at Fabio Fognini, the Italian won his opening match in 3 sets. Fognini looked rusty during the match as he lost 3 service games which resulted in him losing the second set. That being said, Fabio Fognini managed to hold his nerve well as he won a tiebreak to secure his victory. As far as this match is concerned, Fabio Fognini will enter as the favourite since he is higher ranked than Philipp Kohlschreiber. That being said, Fognini will have to improve if he wishes to win.
Philipp Kohlschreiber and Fabio Fognini have played 8 times in the past. As it currently stands, Philipp Kohlschreiber has the stronger head-to-head record of 6-2. The most recent match between these two players was in 2017 where Philipp Kohlschreiber won in straight sets.
While Fabio Fognini is highly seeded and very accomplished, I see his losing. Fognini is playing his second match for the season and he is looking very rusty. Philipp Kohlschreiber was dominant in his previous match and has played much more tennis this season. I see Philipp Kohlschreiber winning this match and making the next round of the tournament.