Fabio Fognini vs. Cameron Norrie - 2021 Acapulco Open Round of 16
Wednesday March 17th, 2021 / 11:40pm EST
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Sixth seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy meets Great Britain's Cameron Norrie in the Round of 16 at the 2021 Acapulco Open in Mexico. The match is scheduled to be played on Wednesday March 17th, 2021 at approximately 11:40pm EST.
Fabio Fognini is currently ranked #18 in the ATP world rankings, and is known as one of the most talented players around. He is also extremely unpredictable, sometimes just as likely to lose to an unknown player as he is to defeat a top 10 player. He was impressive in his win over fellow Italian Stefano Travaglia in the First Round, winning comfortably in straight sets, controlling the match throughout. He dominated his opponent from the baseline, serving well and not giving Travaglia much of a chance to get into a rhythm. He enters this match against Cameron Norrie as the strong favorite, and seems to have built some strong momentum here in Acapulco.
Cameron Norrie is the British #2 player and is ranked #61 in the ATP Rankings. He has started the year well, with a Semi-Final appearance at the Delray Beach Open, and reached the Third Round at the Australian Open. However, he has two early round losses since, in Rotterdam and Marseille and will be desperate to get his career back on track. He was impressive in the First Round in his win over American Stefan Kozlov, not being tested and winning 6-3, 6-3. He is a solid baseliner without any real weapons, and if Fognini is fully focused it is unlikely that Norrie will have the weapons to cause him many issues. His best bet is to give very little away, and try to wear the Italian down with his consistency.
As always with Fabio Fognini, this is a difficult match to predict as it is impossible to know what version of himself will take the court. Simply put, if he is focused then he will win this match comfortably. If he allows himself to be distracted and flustered, then Cameron Norrie certainly has the game to be able to steal the victory. Despite the uncertainty, I am going with Fabio Fognini to win this match. He was in good rhythm in his Opening Round and i'm not going to bet against someone of his quality. Fabio Fognini to win here and advance to the Quarter-Finals at the 2021 Acapulco Open.