A fantastic match-up between Fabio Fognini and Alexandr Dolgopolov is scheduled to take place in the opening round of the Mutua Madrid Open. This marks the fifth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Dolgopolov holing an undefeated 4-0 winning record against the Italian No. 1. Check out the Fognini vs Dolgopolov Head to Head.
World No. 15 Fabio Fognini is coming off a strong week in Munich at the BMW Open, but he ultimately failed to capture his second title of the season and his fourth clay court title overall. He defeated Dustin Brown, Thomaz Belluci and Jan-Lennard Struff, before losing to Tommy Haas’ vanquisher Martin Klizan in the final. Prior to his strong week in Munich, the Italian won the title in Vine del Mar, where he defeated Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer, and reached the final in Copa Claro, where he lost to Spanish No. 2 David Ferrer.
Alexandr Dolgopolov has been a resurgent force in 2014, as the Ukrainian talent reached the semi-finals in Buenos Aires and the finals in Rio, where he lost to clay court king Rafael Nadal. He would avenge that loss the following month, as he would defeat Nadal in three sets at Indian Wells, before losing to Roger Federer in the semi-finals. Having already earned impressive performances during the Golden Swing in Latin America, Dolgopolov was unable to translate that into wins on European clay, as he losing in the second round in Monte Carlo and in his opening match in Barcelona. He will be looking to regain his footing this week in Madrid.
Dolgopolov leads the official head-to-head series 4-0, having only lost to Fognini in a Challengers event in 2007. Their most recent clay court encounter was in the quarter-finals in Rio, which Dolgopolov won in rapid fashion 6-1, 6-1. The closest of their three encounters was their hard court meeting, yet Fognini was still unable to snatch a set from the Ukrainian. This will likely be the case once again in their upcoming match, as Fognini is coming off a long week in Munich, while Dolgopolov has had time to rest his body.
Prediction: Alexandr Dolgopolov in Straight Sets