TennisSection previews the 2021 US Open as Fabio Fognini takes on Vasek Pospisil in the Round of 128 on Tuesday, August 31st, 2021.
Which of these two experienced players will come out on top of this entertaining encounter? Will it be the power hitting and big serving Vasek Pospisil to get a big win under his belt? Will it be the flamboyant and always entertaining Fabio Fognini to get his 2021 US Open campaign off strongly? Both players can definitely win this match if they are at their best, but only one will make their way to the Round of 64 of the 2021 US Open. Who will it be?
Vasek Pospisil is nowhere near the form he was playing with last year when he entered the US Open, going 1-4 in his last 5 matches in these North American hard court conditions. Vasek is entering a stage in his career where he is becoming more of a part-time tennis player who is shifting his focus to behind the scenes administration and player association roles. This has definitely affected his game and he will have to focus more on training if he wants to begin maintaining his ranking and getting himself back into the somewhat later stages of tournaments. However, Vasek will be faces with a very tough opponent right from the start here at the 2021 US Open in Fabio Fognini.
Fabio Fognini has had a fairly average start to the North American hard court season this year, going 2-2 in his last 4 matches and he will be entering the 2021 US Open hoping to find his rhythm in the first couple of matches to then compete and aim to potentially go far in the first week or even get into the second week. Fabio Fognini will know he can definitely come out here and just find his best level as he often does in big tournaments, but he will have to ensure his return game is at his best now that he meets the big serving Vasek Pospisil right from the get go.
Fabio Fognini and Vasek Pospisil have met 3 times before, with Vasek Pospisil leading the head to head 2-1. They last met in 2019 so we cannot really take their prior matches into account. What really distinguishes who will win this match is the fact that Fabio is focused on training every day and getting some form going, whilst Vasek does that too but he is also focused on other stuff outside of the court. Fabio is more focused and in slightly better form, so I think he will be able to move Vasek around easily and show the Canadian that a part-time tennis player cannot go far here at the 2021 US Open.
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