The second of the two rubbers scheduled to take place on Friday afternoon is between Stan Wawrinka and Fabio Fognini, who will meet for the fifth time on the professional tour. Wawrinka leads the head-to-head series 3-1, although Fognini won their most recent meeting in Acapulco last season. This will mark their first meeting in a Davis Cup tie and their first contest not on a clay court.
Although his US Open Series run was far from inspiring, Stan Wawrinka should signs of life in New York, when he resiliently fought his way to the quarter-final round of the US Open. He would have his fortnight stay cut short when he lost to Kei Nishikori in a thrilling five-set encounter. Moving on to an indoor carpet court, Wawrinka will be looking for an early lead for his country against the Italian No. 1.
World No. 17 Fabio Fognini helped lead Italy to the semi-finals with a victory over Andy Murray on Day 3 of their tie back in April. While his stay at Flushing Meadows was surprisingly short – he lost to Adrian Mannarino – he will likely be motivated to produce a strong showing in the Davis Cup this weekend, starting with an upset of the world No. 4.
This marks the fifth time that the two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Wawrinka leading the series 3-1. While he lost their most recent meeting, they have never met on hard court, which is a surface that will favour the Swiss No. 2.
Prediction: Stan Wawrinka in Four Sets