Filip Krajinovic will face Fabio Fognini in the ? finals of the Basel ATP tournament. Both players come from expressive wins against their opponents in the previous round, as they arrive with high expectations for this match in order to make a deep run this week.
Krajinovic arrived at Basel after a really good week at Stockholm, a place where he reached the final, losing to first time ATP champion Denis Shapovalov in straight sets. The Serbian enters the match highly motivated, and a strong first set for him could turn the tide of the match in his favor, as Fognini is known for being mentally fragile. In 2017 he made a Masters 1000 final in Paris, in a surprising fashion, losing to Jack Sock. He’s always been a good indoor hard court player, and if his game is clicking it could spell trouble for the opposing player. Krajinovic will definitely have a word in today’s match.
On the other hand, Fognini is expected to be motivated for today due to the possibility of still reaching the ATP Nitto Finals. The Italian can’t afford to lose in the first rounds of minor tournaments like he did in Stockholm last week, in order to reach the last Masters 1000 in Paris in a few weeks, still on the race to London. He dispatched Popyrin in the first round by 6-2, 6-4, demonstrating some brilliant tennis, and it’s expected for him to carry over that momentum to this match. However, with Fognini, things are not so clear, as the 32-year-old has some mental breakdowns from time to time, leading to unexpected results.
I expect a tight match between Krajinovic and Fognini, as both have serious aspirations for this tournament and the rest of the season. The Over 22.5 Games @1.84 seems to hold real value as I don’t see any of these players winning in two comfortable sets.
Head-to-Head between both players is tied 1-1 as Krajinovic defeated the Italian at Hamburg in straight sets, with Fognini’s victory coming in Barcelona back in 2012. Both matches were played in clay, as they never faced each other in hardcourt.
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