Mannarino - Fognini
Fabio Fognini beat Tommy Paul of the USA in straight sets after receiving a first-round bye in his third match of the North American summer hard-court swing. Last week he reached the quarterfinals at the Los Cabos Open, losing there to the American Taylor Fritz. Adrian Mannarino has won both of his matches in straight sets, prevailing over Mikhail Kukushkin before crushing 11th seed Borna Coric 6-1 6-2. Indeed, Mannarino has not lost more than four games in a set so far this tournament.
The head to head is tied at two wins apiece, with Mannarino leading 2-1 on hard courts. But Fognini won the most recent meeting, beating Mannarino on a hard court in Sydney last year in three sets. Expect long rallies and players attempting to turn defense into attack. Fognini might possess more power, but the Frenchman Mannarino is a tricky player to face, as he hits a flat ball. He is playing great tennis and should feel confident about his chances of reaching the quarterfinals.
*Odds are correct at the time of publishing and subject of change.
Match start: 09.08. 00:30h