An intriguing contest between Italy’s Fabio Fognini (Player Bio) and World no. 22 Grigor Dimitrov (Player Bio) takes place in the second round of the Paris Masters on Wednesday. It is the second time they meet on the tour, with their first meeting taking place just ten months ago. Both athletes won their maiden tour titles this year and are currently taking part in their career-best seasons. Check out the Dimitrov v Fognini Head to Head.
Italy’s Fabio Fognini is coming off a quarter-final loss to Nicolas Almagro in Valencia last week and a similar result in Vienna the week prior. Having received a bye to the second round in Paris, Fognini will now face the rising Bulgarian in the second round here in Paris. Although he has not been able to pick up any significant momentum over the past few months, he is certainly experiencing a career-best season, having won his first ATP Tour title in Stuttgart and followed it up a week later with his second tour title with a win in Hamburg. He also broke into the top 20 for the first time in his career, and is now ranked at No. 18. He holds a 42-26 record this season
The World No. 22 won his opening round contest against France’s Michael Llodra 6-7(5) 6-3 6-3. It was a strong showing from the Bulgarian, who dropped the opening set in a close tiebreaker. Dimitrov is coming off a couple of successful weeks on the tour as he won his maiden ATP tour title when he rallied from a set down to defeat World no. 3 David Ferrer in the finals of the If Stockholm Open. He reached the quarter-finals that following week and and met 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer for the first time in his career. Although he did not win the match, it was a competitive contest for the most part and he will be looking to carry that confidence over in the final tournament of the season.
The only previous time these two competitors have met on the ATP tour was earlier this year in Sydney, where the Italian dominated the affair and only lost four games en route to a straight sets victory. 10 months later, Dimitrov is a more developed and more patient player and will likely come into the match far more confident than in their previous encounter. Since that time, they have both won their maiden ATP tour titles and are coming into this match riding their career-best season to date and it will be interesting to see just how much this match differs from their previous meeting.