Tenth seed Fabio Fognini of Italy will play World No.22 Britain’s Kyle Edmund in the first round of the Mutua Madrid Open on Monday, May 6. The timing for this match is yet to confirmed. You can find the Fabio Fognini v Kyle Edmund live streaming options, preview and predictions here.
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Fabio Fognini v Kyle Edmund Head to Head
These two players have met only once, and that was at the 2018 French Open when Fognini came back from 2-sets to 1 down to beat the Brit in five pulsating sets.
Fognini Set to Play First Match Since Winning Monte Carlo
The only unsurprising quote coming from Fabio Fognini’s presser following his Monte Carlo triumph a few weeks ago was that, that title will not change him. He will still be Fabio Fognini.
The Italian snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in his opening round match in the Principality against Andrey Rublev before embarking on a run in which he knocked out Alexander Zverev, Borna Coric and Rafael Nadal in succession. His final opponent Dusan Lajovic was simply overwhelmed by the occasion and Fognini was different class in the championship match.
With that victory in Monte Carlo, Fognini is at a career-high ranking of No.12, and it is an impressive achievement considering the tumultuous start to the year he had. The Italian No.1 is still bothered by elbow and ankle problems which will need surgery post-French Open, and he was forced to withdraw from Barcelona and Estoril as precaution.
Edmund, Out Of Form And Out Of Sorts
Kyle Edmund is going through a difficult bubble right now and there seems to be little light at the end of the tunnel. Can the British No.1 turn his fortunes around after winning just once in his last three tournaments?
A player of Edmund’s caliber certainly can, especially when you consider his ferocious forehand and excellent court movement. Edmund came very close to cracking the Top 10 not so long ago and he is a former Australian Open semifinalist.
He is defending quarterfinal points this week after besting Daniil Medvedev, Novak Djokovic and David Goffin at last year’s Mutua Madrid Open.
Fognini v Edmund Predictions & Tips
The upset could well be on the cards here. Fognini is still not 100% and had to make a late decision to withdraw from Estoril. Edmund’s odds could tumble significantly.
Remember, the Brit can be clinical on clay too. He took a set off Nadal in Monte Carlo a few seasons ago and last year he beat Djokovic in the Spanish capital. Expect Fognini to be the first big name casualty this week.
Tip: Edmund to win: 11/10 (888Sport)