ATP Shanghai / Medvedev vs Fognini – Medvedev has partially justified role of the favourite in match against Pospisil and expectedly reached the quarter-finals of the Masters in Shaghai. His quarter-finals’ opponent is Italian F. Fognini who somewhat surprisingly defeated K. Khachanov without dropping a set.
Match Medvedev vs Fognini begins 11.10.2019 at 06:00 CET
As we have said in the introduction Medvedev has partially justified expectations since we forecast his sound victory. True, the Russian needed two sets two win but he still struggled to overpower Pospisil who is not in a good shape for some time now. Fact that Medvedev had backlog of 3-5 in games in the first set strongly indicates that he had a fair deal of problems during the match.
After he got himself out of the dangerous situation and take the set into the tie-break Medeved again had backlog of two mini-breaks in the 13th game, but he again managed to turn the situation into his favour. Developments in the second set were much better for him as he was the one who controlled the result. Medvedev made two breaks which was sufficient for a sound victory, but Pospisil had managed to make one break.
Fognini plays rather good lately and the best indicator of that is his rating that he had around mid-summer when he was World’s no. 9. by the tournament in Shanghai his rating went down a bit and the Italian currently occupies the 12th place in the ATP list. His win/loss ratio this season is not so impressive and right now stands at 25-19. It is far more important fact that the Italian won his first ever Masters title this year.
The title was the most deserving factor for Fognini’s rating that he held this season. He won the title at the Masters in Monte Carlo where he firstly defeated Nadal and then outplayed D. Lajovic in the final. Nadal revenged at the Masters in Montreal where he defeated Fognini in the quarter-finals. The quarter-finals of the ATP Shanghai is at the same time Fognini’s best result at this tournament. Before, it was the third round that he reached two times.
Betting Pick: Medvedev vs Fognini
Medvedev and Fognini had met two times before and each of them one once. Medvedev had an upper hand last season in Sydney 2-6, 6-4, 6-1, while Fognini won one year earlier in Cincinnati 7-6, 6-4. The result corresponds with fact that both players made several good results this season, which is why it is clear that ahead of us is an interesting and uncertain match.
Pick: Over 19.5 games
Odds: 1.54 at 888sport (down to 1.50 can be played)
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