Fabio Fognini vs Jaume Munar - 2021 Andalucia Open Round of 16
Thursday April 8th, 2021 / 7:20am EST
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Second seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy will face Spaniard Jaume Munar in the Round of 16 at the 2021 Andalucia Open. The match is scheduled to be played on Thursday April 8th, 2021 at 7:20am EST.
This is set to be an entertaining battle between two very good clay court players. Will the second seeded Fabio Fognini get the win as expected? Or can the in-form Jaume Munar cause the upset and advance here at the 2021 Andalucia Open?
Fabio Fognini is one of the most accomplished clay court players in the world, with multiple titles on the surface including a ATP-1000 title in Monte-Carlo. He is a very solid baseline player, that is equally good on both sides. Despite all his talent, he had a very poor 2020 season and will be desperate to get his 2021 season back on track as he aims to break back into the top 10. He is considered one of the top contenders for the title here at the 2021 Andalucia Open but has been handed a very difficult draw, as his opponent Jaume Munar is currently in outstanding form. He enters this match as the favorite but knows it won't be easy.
Jaume Munar is a former top 60 player who currently finds himself ranked #92 in the world. He has struggled over the past few years with injuries and loss of form, but seemingly has gotten over that and is making a push to climb the rankings. He has built some serious momentum, having reached the Final in the Marbella Challenger last week, losing a close final to Gianluca Mager. He is a very consistent baseline player who is equally adept at offense and defense. If Fognini isn't at his best, Munar is good enough to take advantage and is definitely capable of pulling the upset off here.
Despite the huge difference in rankings I am going with Jaume Munar to cause the upset. He is exactly the type of hardworking player that can frustrate the temperamental Italian, who doesn't have much match practice under his belt. It likely will go the distance, but expect Jaume Munar to win here.