Alex de Minaur aims to make the fourth round of the Australian Open for the first time when he squares off against Fabio Fognini on Saturday and the match is available to watch online via desktop and mobile.
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Alex de Minaur vs Fabio Fognini Match Details
🎾 Competition: Australian Open R3
🗓 Date: Saturday February 13
⏰ Time: 8.30pm
🏟 Stadium: Margaret Court Arena
Head to Head
The pair have never played a tour-level match before.
Australian Open 2021 Results
- R1: def. Sandgren 7-5 6-1 6-1
- R2: def. Cuevas 6-3 6-3 7-5
- R1: def. Herbert 6-4 6-2 6-3
- R2: def. Caruso 4-6 6-2 2-6 6-3 7-6
Alex de Minaur vs Fabio Fognini Tips & Predictions
De Minaur has made the fourth round and quarter-finals of the US Open, but he’s never advanced into the second week of his home slam – will that change on Saturday when the Aussie takes on enigmatic Italian 16th seed Fabio Fognini?
It’s been a comfortable week for De Minaur so far, with the 21-year-old conquering former quarter-finalist Tennys Sandgren and veteran Pablo Cuevas in straight sets. Those victories followed encouraging performances in the ATP Cup and winning the ATP title in Antalya at the start of the year.
De Minaur has added some size and muscle to his frame and his movement and court speed is arguably the quickest in the game. He’s still coming up short against the very best, but take the top 10 out of the equation and the man they call ‘Demon’ is rarely losing on a hardcourt.
Fognini meanwhile continues to be as unpredictable as ever. The Italian, who owns four wins over Rafael Nadal, eased past Pierre-Hugues Herbert in his opening round but survived a thrilling contest against fellow countryman Salatore Carsuo on Thursday, digging out a win in the fifth-set tiebreak by a 16-14 scoreline.
Fireworks ensued after the win, with Caruso not happy with Fognini claiming he ‘got lucky’ during the latter stages of the match with line calls.
These two have never played before on tour, but De Minaur has the slight edge for me. The Australian has the movement and ability to get a lot of balls back, which will frustrate a shotmaker like Fognini. The 33-year-old is also coming off a long five-setter, which isn’t ideal for facing someone who will make you run all day.
Fognini is flashy enough to take a set, but De Minaur should be too steady over the course of the match and prevail in four or five.