Tokyo Olympics 2020: Daniil Medvedev vs Fabio Fognini Preview, Head to Head and Prediction

In the third round of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Russia's, Daniil Medvedev will be up against Italy's Fabio Fognini.

Daniil Medvedev vs Fabio Fognini
Daniil Medvedev vs Fabio Fognini

Daniil Medvedev from Russia will be up against Italy’s, Fabio Fognini in the third round of the Men’s singles at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Daniil Medvedev vs Fabio Fognini: Match Details

Tournament2020 Tokyo Olympics
MatchDaniil Medvedev vs Fabio Fognini
RoundThird round
DateJuly 28, 2021
VenueTokyo, Japan
SurfaceHard Court

Daniil Medvedev vs Fabio Fognini: Preview

Daniil Medvedev
Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev has had one of his best years on tour so far having reached a career-high ranking of world number 2 in March. He reached the finals of the Australian Open but eventually lost to world number 1, Novak Djokovic and thus, his 20-match winning streak ended. He is the first player since 2005 to reach the top 2 rankings outside of the “Big 4”.

Medvedev made his debut at the Olympic Games in Tokyo and was drawn against Alexander Bublik in the first round. He broke Bublik in the first set to take the lead 6-4. In the second set, both players broke each other once forcing the set to go to a thrilling tie break where Medvedev took the win 7-6 (8-6). In the second round, Medvedev secured a comfortable win over Indian, Sumit Nagal in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. The Russian broke him 5 times in the match and did not give Nagal a single opportunity to break back.

Fabio Fognini is currently ranked number 31 in the world and made his third appearance at the Olympic games. 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. In the second round, Fognini took the win against Belarus’s Egor Gerasimov in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). Egor had more break point opportunities compared to Fognini but was able to convert only 2 out of 6. Fognini was successful in all his 3 break points and thus, was able to take the win.

Daniil Medvedev vs Fabio Fognini: Head to Head

Fabio Fognini
Fabio Fognini

This will be the 5th meeting between the duo who last met at the ATP Cup in 2020 where Medvedev took the win in three sets. Medvedev currently leads their head to head tie 3-1.

Daniil Medvedev vs Fabio Fognini: Prediction

Daniil Medvedev
Daniil Medvedev

Fognini has a win-loss record of 17-16 this year and a 7-6 record on hard court. Whereas, Medvedev has been in exceptional form on all surfaces this year with a win-loss record of 29-8. On hard court, he has been almost unbeatable with a record of 17-3 this year.

Prediction: Medvedev to win in straight sets.

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