Fifth seed Italian Fabio Fognini will take on Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic in the second round of the Swiss Indoor Championships on Thursday, October 24. The match is scheduled for 8 pm local time (7 pm BST). You can find the Fabio Fognini v Filip Krajinovic live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Fabio Fognini v Filip Krajinovic Head to Head
The pair have met twice before on tour with both of them having won one each. The Italian won their first meeting at Barletta Challenger in 2012. The Serbian won in Hamburg two years later.
Fognini Racing against Time to Qualify for London
After a disappointing first-round exit from the US Open, the 32-year-old Italian was impressive in Beijing and Shanghai, where he reached the quarter-finals. He also won his career’s first Masters title earlier this year at Monte Carlo. His season though has lacked the overall consistency and big match performances.
The Italian has reached six quarter-finals this year apart from his Master’s victory but failed to win in any of them.
On the other hand, he has crashed out in the opening rounds of nine tournaments this year. These inconsistent results mean his place in the season-ending ATP World Tour finals is in jeopardy now.
He is now 11th in the race just behind Goffin. He can add 45 points to his total if he wins his second-round match, and a strong showing this week in Basel can put him back into the driver’s seat in the race to London.
Krajinovic’s Solid Comeback Season Post-Injury
The 27-year-old Serbian close very close to winning his first tour title in Stockholm last week. He had an impressive week but failed to go past the Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the final. He also came close to breaking his title duck in Budapest earlier this year, where he lost to the Italian Matteo Berrettini.
The Serbian shot to fame in 2017 after reaching the Paris Masters final as a qualifier. That impressive run saw him achieve his career-best ranking of 26. But 2018 came with a spate of left foot, ankle, and hand injuries, which meant he could only play in seven tournaments. This year though, he has had a solid campaign with some notable victories over likes of David Goffin and Daniil Medvedev.
Currently ranked 46 in the world, Krajinovic is set to gain points this week after bettering his first-round exit at this event from last year.
Fabio Fognini v Filip Krajinovic Predictions & Tips
Its a match between two contrasting styles and characters. Fognini can be unplayable on his day, even for the best of the players on tour. But he suffers from lack of consistency, which has hampered him throughout his career. Krajinovic, on the other hand, is a solid and consistent performer who consistently punches above his weight. It will be a close contest, and I expect it to go all the way in three rounds.
Fognini has more at stake with qualification to London on the line, and this may just be enough for him to get a result against the Serbian.
Tip: Fognini to win in three sets: 3/1 with 888Sport