World number 16 Fabio Fognini will play his second round match at the 2020 Sardinia Open against Spain’s Roberto Carballés Baena with the match expected to be played on Wednesday October 14. The exact timing of the match is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Fabio Fognini v Roberto Carballés Baena match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Fabio Fognini v Roberto Carballés Baena Head to Head
This will be the first time Fognini and Carballés Baena face off in a competitive encounter at the highest level.
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Fognini Enduring Wretched Clay Run
While this tournament in Sardinia will be played on clay, a surface Fognini loves playing on and has won a Masters tournament too, his results this year have been underwhelming at the very least.
There’s no other way of describing a 1-4 win-loss record on clay from a player who is ranked 16th in the world and an eight-time clay court competition winner in his career.
Having opted not to play any exhibition matches during the pandemic break, Fognini was understandably rusty starting out the post-pandemic phase but a 6-1, 6-2 defeat in the very first round to the little-known Marc-Andrea Huesler wasn’t quite the start he expected.
Another opening defeat at Rome followed soon after, and a victory in the opening round at Hamburg later, he faced two more losses – to Casper Ruud in the second round there and Mikhail Kukushkin at the French Open opener.
It’s been years since Fognini endured a record as poor as this on clay.
That being said, it should be a matter of time before things turn around and the Italian can help himself to a solid run given his pedigree.
Carballés Baena Fresh from Best French Open Showing
It took Carballés Baena 14 games in the fifth and the final set of his second round match against Denis Shapovalov but once he had won that at the French Open, the Spaniard had managed to get to his career-best third round of a Grand Slam.
He had to retire from his third round match against Grigor Dimitrov because of an upset stomach. Fortunately he seems to have pushed all of that away as he came through in the first round here at Sardinia, defeating Federico Coria in straight sets to advance to this meeting with Fognini.
It was a match that had its moments and could have gone either way.
Coria was up a break on three separate occasions and had a chance to serve out the first set but failed and Carballés Baena clinched decisive break in the 12th game.
It was no different in the second set either when Carballés Baena was down a break till the fifth game before he levelled the set in the sixth. And then when Coria had to serve at 4-5 to stay in the match, the Spaniard broke him to love to waltz into the second round.
Carballés Baena will believe he has a solid chance.
Fognini v Carballés Baena Prediction and Tip
It’s not just Carballés Baena who would believe he has a good chance, it’s the bookmakers who believe so too. Not much to choose between the two players and while Carballés Baena is the player in form, we believe it’s a matter of time before Fognini gets back to his winning ways on clay. This could be that match.
Tip: Fognini to win: 8/11 (bet365)