A highly intriguing first-time encounter is scheduled to take place in Munich, as Italian No. 1 Fabio Fognini and Germany’s Dustin Brown are set to cross paths in the second round of the BMW Open. Brown has been making some significant waves on clay this season and will be looking to topple one of the top seed en route to the quarter-final round of the event.
Fabio Fognini is taking part in his third clay court tournament of the season this week in Munich and is 2-2 so far on the red dirt surface, with a 23-8 record overall. Fognini reached seven clay-court quarterfinals in 2013, posted a career-best 13-match winning streak on this surface, and won consecutive titles in Stuttgart and Hamburg. He will be looking to find that form on clay this season, starting with the BMW Open, which he is taking part in for the first time in his career.
- The only man to win more matches than Fognini on clay last season was Rafael Nadal.
- Fognini lost 19 straight games spanning two matches between Monte Carlo and Barcelona.
After upsetting John Isner in the second round of the US Clay Court Championships in Houston, Dustin Brown continued his trend of surprising victories by defeating another towering player n Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic. It was a competitive affair, with Brown snatching the victory with a pair of tiebreakers. The win sets up a second round match-up against Italian No. 1 Fabio Fognini, where he will be looking for another strong win.
This marks the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, but considering both mens’ aptitude for entertainment, we can expect an entertaining battle no matter the result. I expect this to go three sets, with significant scoring disparities between sets, as has become characteristic for a Fognini match-up.
Prediction: Fabio Fognini in Three Sets