Fognini vs Coric (By: Stanioooo)
This is a match from the quarterfinals between the Italian Fabio Fognini and the Croatian Borna Coric.
They have only one match H2H which really surprised me and it was won by Fognini in Umag 2014 on clay in three sets. In this time Fognini was in his best years maybe, while Coric was a Croatian teenager, not even 18 years old. The Italian was the big favorite, but in this one, Coric is the slight favorite for the bookies and it's understandable. Fognini is not amongst the best in the tour when we talk about mentality. It really depends if he wants to play tennis or not, his form is a second-hand thing. He has a very poor start of the season without any big performances so far, but here in Monte Carlo he somehow shone through the clouds and maybe the day off the courts after his win against Simon(retirement) gave him more confidence that he already is in the 3rd round and will face Zverev. His performance against him was superb and beat him with 7:6 6:1. I really enjoyed what I saw by the Italian and hope to see such serious performance against Borna. If it happens, the Croatian will have a lot of problems on the court to deal with.
Coric' start of the season was much more positive with some 4th rounds, quarterfinal or even semifinal in Dubai. No matches on clay before Monte Carlo and here he eliminated very hard Hurkacz and Munar in three sets in really long matches, while in the last round he beat Herbert quite easy in straight sets. I watched only one of his matches against Munar, the whole one and both of them were so equal on the court. One or two of their service games went smoother and then bang, breakpoints/breaks in the next ones out of nowhere. You never know what to expect from Borna, he has so many ups and downs in his matches, so against Fognini, we will see maybe two of the top 5 players in top 100, who have so much class and are enjoyable to be watched, but because of their too many ups and downs they just cannot achieve what they deserve. OK, Borna is still not even in his middle ages for tennis, but Fognini is over 30.
It is almost guaranteed we will see a match with a lot of comebacks, problems on serve, nerves and unforced errors, winners from the baseline, especially by Fognini who accelerates the ball without a problem out of nowhere. Nadal is waiting in the semifinal almost for sure and we know how much Fognini loves to face Nadal on clay. That's one of the main things for me which I expect to inspire Fognini to show another huge performance in Monte Carlo. He played against Rafa a lot of times on clay and even has two wins against him in Rio and Barcelona 2015. Also, I noticed he really enjoys to play against younger players with a lot of qualities and to show them he is not over for tennis, to show them some of his experience on the courts. Coric is amongst them, so what I expect here is a tough, long match, almost guaranteed in three sets, but with a final winner and his name to be Fabio Fognini.
Fognini vs Coric predictions
|Fognini||Pinnacle||2.18||9||2-1 WON (+10.62 units)|
Fognini vs Coric betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Stanioooo).