Italy’s, Fabio Fognini will face Belarus’s, Egor Gerasimov in the second round of the Men’s singles at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Fabio Fognini vs Egor Gerasimov: Match Details
|Tournament||2020 Tokyo Olympics|
|Match||Fabio Fognini vs Egor Gerasimov|
|Date||July 26, 2021|
Fabio Fognini vs Egor Gerasimov: Preview
Fabio Fognini is currently ranked number 31 in the world and made his third appearance at the Olympic games after previously playing at the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio Olympics. Fognini lost in the first round in London in three sets against Novak Djokovic. At the Rio Olympics, he reached the third round where he lost in a tough three set match against then world number 2 and defending champion, Andy Murray. Fognini made his career-high ranking in July 2019 of world number 9.
In the first round at Tokyo, Fognini faced world number 114, Yuichi Sugita from Japan. Fognini secured his spot in the second round in 1 hour and 48 minutes after winning the match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. Though the score-line may make one think that the match was one sided, that is not the case as Sugita gave Fognini quite the fight. There was just a difference of 8 points in the match with Fognini winning 33 points while Sugita won 25. However, the Italian was able to convert 2 out of his 3 break points while Sugita did not succeed in any of the two break points.
Currently ranked world number 79, Egor Gerasimov turned pro in 2010 and is playing at the Olympic Games for the first time. In 2014, he made his ATP main draw debut in Shenzhen. At the 2019 US Open, he made his Grand Slam debut and won his first Slam match. He reached his maiden ATP final at the 2020 Maharashtra Open but had to settle for the runners-up position. He reached a career-high ranking of 65 in February 2020.
Gerasimov was close to being eliminated in the first round but eventually, he overcame the Frenchman, Gilles Simon who is just sits outside the top 100 rank at 102. Gerasimov was able to outlast Simon in the 2 hours 33 minutes match in 3 sets, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Once again, the total points won at the end of the match remained close with Gerasimov winning 33 and Simon winning 28. Gerasimov did not take full advantage of his break points and was only able to convert 2 out of 8 break points.
Fabio Fognini vs Egor Gerasimov: Head to Head
The duo has yet to play against each other in the ATP Tour and thus, will face each other for the first time. Hence, the head-to-head record stands at 0-0.
Fabio Fognini vs Egor Gerasimov: Prediction
With almost no difference in the win-loss record on hard court this year of the two players, this match is going to be very interesting. Fognini has a record of 7-6 while, Gerasimov sits at 7-7. However, Fognini will look to take advantage of his experience on the ATP Tour to come out ahead of Gerasimov and secure his place in the third round.
Prediction: Fognini to win in straight sets.