Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas plays Italian veteran Fabio Fognini in the third round of the 2021 Indian Wells Open on Tuesday, October 12. Get the live streaming options of this Stefanos Tsitsipas v Fabio Fognini match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Stefanos Tsitsipas v Fabio Fognini Head to Head
The players have met twice on the tour, with Tsitsipas prevailing both times, on the indoor hard courts of Stockholm and the clay courts of Rome, in straight sets.
Tsitsipas Clinical In Opener
Stefanos Tsitsipas has reached a career high world number three in the ATP rankings and tasted consistent success ranging from a good run Down Under, the finals at the Mexican Open and a wonderful run on clay with titles at Monte Carlo, Lyon and a point away from the Barcelona title against Rafa Nadal.
The icing on the cake would have been a grand slam title to his name and it looked like he was there as he led Novak Djokovic by two sets to love in the French Open final only to be outdone in the next three sets.
The form and confidence took a dip thereafter with a straight sets loss to Frances Tiafoe in the Wimbledon opener and a none too impressive run at the Tokyo Olympics either. Although he made the semis at both Masters 1000 during the US Open series (Toronto & Cincinnati), it was a third round loss to Carlos Alcaraz that ended his US Open campaign.
The Greek looked in good touch in his opener here (after a first round bye) against Pedro Martinez clinching a convincing straight sets win and looking in good form for what he will hope will be a good run this week.
Fognini Winner Of Tussle With Struff
A nine-time champion on the tour, Fognini has had a mixed bag this season with an almost even win-loss record coming into the hard court season. Among his notable performances this year, he played for Italy in the finals at the ATP Cup, reached the fourth round at the Australian Open and was a quarterfinalist at the Monte-Carlo Open, two years after winning the title in 2019.
After making the round of 32 at the Olympics, the Italian would have hoped for a good run during the US Open series, but it was early rounds and consecutive losses at Toronto, Cincinnati and then an opening round loss at the New York slam as well unfortunately, being up two sets to love.
Another first round loss followed last week at the San Diego Open to young American Brandon Nakashima as Fognini came to Indian Wells low on form and confidence.
After a first round bye, it was a close battle with German Jan-Lennard Struff with Fognini winning the first set looking good, but then dropping the second set in what looked like a concentration dip. However, the Italian came back strong to win the third set and book a spot in the round of 32.
Tsitsipas v Fognini Prediction and Tip
An exciting match-up between two dynamic personalities with immense talent. Though Fognini can never be underestimated, Tsitsipas looks to be in considerably better form at the moment, based on their seasons and their previous rounds here.
Expect a tight match with Fognini challenging Tsitsipas, but the Greek should clinch this in a decider.
Tip: Tsitsipas to win in three sets: 3/1 (Click Here to Bet with bet365)