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Auckland Open 2023: Jenson Brooksby vs. Fabio Fognini Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2023 Auckland Open as Jenson Brooksby takes on Fabio Fognini in the first round on Monday, January 9, 2023.

Jenson Brooksby is playing at the Auckland Open for the first time. The American is also set to open up his campaign in 2023 and faces the unpredictable Italian Fabio Fognini in a popcorn opener on Monday. Who will prevail?

Jenson Brooksby last played on the ATP Tour at the Swiss Indoors, losing resoundingly to Ugo Humbert last October. The American did not partake in any ATP events during the opening week of the season and instead will jet into New Zealand to play the Auckland Open for the first time. Brooksby finished his 2022 season on a four-match losing streak. It is imperative he returns to winning ways when he faces Fabio Fognini on Monday.

Fabio Fognini, meanwhile, will return to the Auckland Open looking to reprise his best results at this tournament before the pandemic. Fognini has twice made the last eight in this part of the world, but will face stiff competition to go deep this week. The Italian is past his peak, and at 35, he has lost that extra yard of pace in his legs. Will Jenson Brooksby take advantage?

Jenson Brooksby and Fabio Fognini have not clashed on the ATP Tour. Monday’s match at the Auckland Open will be their first official meeting. Fognini is hardly a worldbeater on hard courts, but he does conjure the odd deep run from time to time. But we have to give the edge to Brooksby. He is one of the best players on this surface, and has scored some significant wins aginast the ATP’s best. We think the American will have to much in his locker to down Fognini.

Free Tennis Prediction and Pick: Jenson Brooksby in 2 sets.

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