First appointment of the summer tennis on hardcourt, Fabio opposed to the German number 46 in the ATP ranking
Off to the fifth Masters 1000 of the season, the National Bank Open in Canada. This year it will be played in Toronto after the postponement of the 2020 edition due to Covid. First appointment of the summer tennis on hardcourt, towards the US Open then scheduled for August 30th. Daniil Medvedev, number two in the world, leads the draw. Rafa Nadal was also present after the forfeit at Wimbledon and the Olympics. The Spaniard is reigning champion: he won the 2019 edition in Montreal. There is Novak Djokovic, who has chosen to rest after Tokyo. Roger Federer and Matteo Berrettini also out due to injury. Olympic champion Sascha Zverev and bronze Carreno Busta have decided not to take part in the tournament. The Italians on the board are Jannik Sinner, Lorenzo Sonego and Fabio Fognini. The expert tennis player born in 1987 will challenge the German Jan-Lennard Struff.
Fognini’s Olympic course was not excellent. Eliminated in the third round by the Russian Medvedev. He had also surrendered in the third match at Wimbledon and Roland Garros. He is currently number 32 in the ATP ranking. Bad experience in Japan also for the German opponent: eliminated in the second round by Djokovic. In the first, Struff had instead overtaken the Brazilian Monteiro. In Paris he surrendered in the round of 16 against the Argentine Schwartzman, while in London he did not pass the first match against the usual Medvedev.
Fognini and Struff in career have challenged each other on two occasions. Both challenges won by the German born in ’90: the first in the semifinals in Munich in 2014. The last in the 32nd finals at the Monte Carlo Masters three years ago. In his career, the Italian won the Principality tournament in 2019. Unlike clay, his performances on hard courts are more fluctuating. Against the number 46 of the ATP ranking it will be an insidious challenge. Fognini will want to redeem the elimination of Tokyo by trying to reverse the course in a complicated season. Struff wants to have his say. We go to the field.
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