Fabio Fognini of Italy will take on Brandon Nakashima of the US in the first round of the 2021 San Diego Open on Monday, September 27. Get the live streaming options of this Fabio Fognini v Brandon Nakashima match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Fabio Fognini v Brandon Nakashima Head to Head
Fognini and Nakashima have never been involved in a head-to-head clash. Both will go into the San Diego on the back of a similarly subdued run of results would be keen to get off to a winning start in their first-ever head-to-head meeting.
Fognini Coming off US Open Round One Loss
Taking the hurt of a second-round loss to Argentine Guido Pella at the prestigious Cincinnati Masters into the US Open, Fognini drew veteran Canadian Vasek Pospisil in the opening round at the Flushing Meadows.
In line with most pre-match estimates, the 32nd-ranked Italian seemed to have a firm hold of the match as he cantered to a win in the opening set and followed it up by taking the second in a breeze.
However, just when it seemed that the 34-year-old was poised for a comfortable finish, Pospisil staged a miraculous fightback, blazing his way to a comfortable win in the third set and also bagging the fourth by a commanding margin to take the match to a decider.
Though the Italian forced his way back into contention, taking the decider to a tiebreak, Pospisil pipped him in the end to prevail in five sets.
In his first Tour event since the disappointing first-round ouster at the year’s last Grand Slam, Fognini will be up against Brandon Nakashima of the US in his tournament opener.
Though the American hasn’t had the run of results going his way in recent events, he did play back-to-back finals at Los Cabos and Atlanta, albeit in a losing cause.
The Italian will be wary of another opening-round slip-up against the big-hitting American.
Nakashima Went Out in US Open Second Round
After the high of reaching back-to-back Tour finals at Los Cabos and Atlanta, Nakashima fell into a slump, finishing in the last 16 at the Washington Open and following it up with an opening-round loss to Mackenzie McDonald of the US at the Cincinnati Masters.
Launching his US Open campaign in the quest of redemption, the 85-ranked American took down big-serving compatriot John Isner in a knife-edged five-setter in the opening round, having a measure of revenge for the loss in the Atlanta final.
Running into Slovakian Alex Molcan in the second-round, Nakashima recovered from his loss in the opening set to win the next two. However, the Slovakian fought back to win the fourth and fifth sets to cap off a sensational come-from-behind win.
The 20-year-old American will be eyeing redemption as he opens his San Diego campaign on Monday. However, standing between Nakashima and a place in the second round is the seasoned and battle-hardened Fognini.
A veteran of many battles, the Italian will be no pushover for the American as he bids to get off to a winning start in San Diego.
Fognini v Nakashima Prediction and Tip
While ranking and experience may tip the scales in Fognini’s favor going into this first-round clash, Nakashima would bring the fearless approach of a 20-year-old into the contest and eye an upset.