Italian tennis superstar, Fabio Fognini has made it into the third round of the 2019 ATP Miami Open. At this stage of the tournament, Fabio Fognini will play against Roberto Bautista Agut from Spain. Fabio Fognini is the number 15 seed while Roberto Bautista Agut is the number 22 seed so we should expect a close contest.
Roberto Bautista Agut has had a very strong 2019 season as he won the ATP Qatar Open and made the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Prior to this match, Roberto Bautista Agut won his second round match in straight sets. During the win, Roberto Bautista Agut won 45% of his return points and 69% of his service points. That allowed Bautista Agut to win 82% of his service games and 3 break points. Judging by his recent results, Roberto Bautista Agut is in fine form and he will be very tough to beat.
On the other side of the coin, Fabio Fognini won his previous match in 3 sets. It was a tough match for Fognini where he lost the opening set but fought back well to get the overall victory. It has been a tough season for Fabio Fognini as he has only won 4 matches in 2019. Fognini looked in poor form during his previous match and it is going to be tough for the Italian to compete against an inform player in Roberto Bautista Agut.
Roberto Bautista Agut and Fabio Fognini have played 9 times in the past. As it currently stands, Fognini has a stronger record of 7-2. The most recent match between these two players was in 2017 at ATP St Petersburg where Fabio Fognini won in straight sets.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Roberto Bautista Agut to win this match. Roberto Bautista Agut has been in much better form this season when compared to Fognini. Fognini has struggled all season and I see him losing this match.