The second round of the 2019 Cordoba Open will feature the top seed Fabio Fognini going head to head with the Slovenian Aljaz Bedene on Thursday, February 7. The match will start at around 5:00 pm local time (9:00 pm BST).
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Fabio Fognini v Aljaz Bedene Head to Head
Fognini and Bedene have a one-sided rivalry that began back in 2011. In their eight matches so far, Fognini has been victorious in all of them and presently leads by 8-0. They last met in the previous edition of the ATP Rio de Janeiro, where the Italian No. 1 defeated Bedene to reach the semifinal.
Fognini Looking to Excel in South America
Fognini, who is currently the World No. 15, has been awarded the top seed for the tournament. Having enjoyed a bye into the second round, the Italian will now look forward to retaining his rhythm and spot in the top 20. He has been particularly good in the South American tournaments. Last year, he followed his semifinal run in Rio with a remarkable victory in the ATP Sao Paolo.
Over the course of the season, Fognini won a couple of more titles in Bastad and Los Cabos. He was also the runner-up in Chengdu and reached the semifinal in Beijing and Stockholm. These wins eventually helped him reach his career-best singles ranking as the World No. 13.
He has been playing some of the best tennis of his career and will be keen on continuing the same this season as well. His win-loss tally for the season stands at 3-2. He last played in the Australian Open where he lost in the third round to Pablo Carreno Busta.
Bedene Wins his First Match of the Year
The 29-year-old Slovenian is heading into this fixture after winning his match ATP match of the season. He defeated the German Maximilian Marterer in straight sets with 6-3, 6-4.
Prior to that, he played in Melbourne where he lost to Alexander Zverev. He had a similar result in Brisbane as well, where he lost to Milos Raonic.
Bedene is not known to be a player who can cause massive upsets although, he has the potential to do so. Last year, he reached the final in Buenos Aires where he lost to Dominic Thiem. He was a semifinalist in Budapest as well and in the Italian Masters, he defeated Kevin Anderson to reach the third round.
Fognini v Bedene Prediction and Tips
Foginini will start this match as the overwhelming favourite to win. He has the psychological edge owing to his 8-0 lead over the Slovenian. This should be an easy, straight-set victory for the top seed.
You can watch & bet on Fabio Fognini v Aljaz Bedene Struff here on Thursday, February 7. The match will start around 5:00 pm local time (9:00 pm BST).