Casper Ruud vs. Fabio Fognini - 2021 Monaco Masters Quarter-Final
Friday, March 16th 2021
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Fabio Fognini (15) meets Casper Ruud in the quarter finals of the 2021 Monaco Masters on Friday, April 16th 2021.
Will Casper Ruud come out and knock out the defending champion in amazing style as he has done against all of his opponents this week, or will the defending champion continue to keep the dream alive here in Monaco?
Casper Ruud put on a superb performance in the third round against Pablo Carreno Busta, beating the Spaniard in 3 tight sets 7-6/5-7/7-5. Casper Ruud saved 2 match points in the third set when PBC was serving for the match and was able to turn the match around and get himself ahead. Ruud showed great determination and fighting spirit throughout the match, and this will definitely give him the confidence he needs to finally get himself even more involved in the later stages of big tournaments such as the Monaco Masters. Can he use it to upset the defending champion here however?
Fabio Fognini put on a solid performance against Filip Krajinovic in the third round, beating the Serbian in straight sets 6-2/7-6 without any issues. Fabio is here ready to give it his best in Monaco as he loves to play in clay court conditions and in big tournaments. Fabio Fognini will want to keep this momentum going and I am very sure he is more focused here than I have seen him in a long time. However, he has a very poor record against his next opponent, and he will have to ensure he comes in at his best.
This is going to be the third meeting between both players, with Casper Ruud leading the head to head 2-0. Ruud has never lost a set to Fabio, and although all points to him winning here, I am going with Fabio to get the job done in Monaco. Fabio Fognini will be very determined to show the youngster that he is the much more experienced player here, the much more successful one, and he will not let his title defence campaign be stopped by an up and comer. It will be tight, but Fabio will fight to win.