Fognini vs Nakashima: prediction for the ATP Sydney match
Fabio Fognini and Brandon Nakashima face off in the Sydney International match on Wednesday, January 12. Who will progress to the next round of the tournament? Our prediction is in the article below.
Fabio Fognini had an easy start at the current tournament in Sydney. He inicially had to play against Nick Kyrgios in the first round match, but the Australian withdrew from the tournament due to a positive covid test. Instead of Kyrgios, the Italian tennis player went against Daniel Altmaier - and celebrated success in two straight sets (6-3, 7-5).
Brandon Nakashima, on the contrary, had a tough match against Jiri Vesely in the first round of the Sydney International. Vesely is on top form, and Nakashima struggled to breaks the Czech's serve. The outcome of the meeting was decided in two tie-breaks (7-6, 7-6). That was the first match of the new year for Nakashima, who finished the previous season by winning two trophies.
Fognini played 2 tie-breaks in the last 5 matches.
Nakashima played fewer than 9 games in the first set in 3 of his last 5 matches.
The American should easily beat Fognini in long rallies - the Italian isn't as fast as he used to be few years ago, so we are predicting a victory for Nakashima.
Our prediction - handicap (-2) to Nakashima
The only match between the two sides ended in three sets, but we believe this meeting will be over much faster. We expect Nakashima to close his opponent in two sets.
Second bet - total under 23 games