Fognini vs Monfils
1st round in Rome and that's the battle of the showmen between Gael Monfils and Fabio Fognini.
I think both best days are gone and they will have much more downs than ups in the future and their results speak in that favor. Sometimes they made tournaments when the positive vibes dominate in their performances and they look really concentrated on their game, but that's just single tours you can count on your fingers. Their best results during 2018 were in February in different tours in South America, but after that in Europe- they are going from bad to worse. So many early exits for both of them against players like Cecchinato, Struff, Basic, Herbert, Zaballos.. that speaks a lot.
Both of them are really unpredictable players and you can expect everything of them, but in Rome I will favor Fognini for sure. Last year I still remember how he destroyed Murray I think in the last match of the daily schedule(match of the day), but then he was knocked out. I think he will win at least his first match in Rome, not only because it's again last in the daily schedule, but for the audience. The court will be full late in the evening, I'm sure about that in a weekday and you don't have the right to give up so easy and lose in the start. No one will blame you if you lose to players like Nadal, Zverev or any other top 5-10 player, but home tours are not so much during the season and you have to give your max at least in them.
They don't have any matches till 2015, so H2H is not the best option in this way. Just fro info Monfils leads 4:3 in direct matches against Fognini. It's interesting that 4 of them are on clay and the wins are changeable all the time- Fognini, Monfils, Fognini, Monfils.. whose time is to win tomorrow? :D That's a joke of course, that's not the main reason to pick Fognini, it's mostly because I know he will play much more concentrated than usual in front of the main audience. I believe he will enjoy the crowd with the final win, maybe in straight sets.
Fognini vs Monfils prediction
|Fognini||Pinnacle||1.71||10||2-0 WON (+7.1 units)|