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Fognini vs Albot ATP Rome R2 predictions and betting tips

Andrew Hendrie 15 May 2019
  • Fabio Fognini and Radu Albot clash in the second round of the Rome Masters on Wednesday
  • Their head-to-head is locked at 1-1
Fabio Fognini (PA Images)

Fabio Fognini vs Radu Albot ATP Rome Masters second round match preview, predictions and tips - home favourite Fognini targets the R16 in Rome…

Date: Wednesday May 15
Time: 2.00pm local time (1.00pm BST)
Court: Grandstad

Fognini vs Albot predictions


Monte-Carlo Masters champion Fabio Fognini continues his Rome campaign on Wednesday against Delray Beach winner Radu Albot in the second round.

Fognini has beaten top 10 players in his last two appearances in Rome and kicked off his 2019 campaign in fine style earlier in the week, taking out Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the opening round.

After starting the season 0-4 on clay, Fognini has now gone 9-1 in his last three tournaments, defeating the likes of Alexander Zverev, Borna Coric and Rafael Nadal to win the biggest title of his career in Monte-Carlo, while after skipping Barcelona and Estoril after that triumph, he returned in Madrid last week with victories over Kyle Edmund and John Millman before going down to Dominic Thiem. Fognini is 2/7 @ bet365 to win on Wednesday.

Albot meanwhile is rolling along nicely this season, currently ranked at his career-high of No. 44 after winning his first career title in Delray Beach and making the third round of Indian Wells, while he was also the only player to take a set off Roger Federer as the Swiss stormed to the title in Miami.

However, Albot is yet to win back-to-back matches on clay this season - he’s made the second rounds of Monte-Carlo, Budapest and here in Rome when he beat Benoit Paire in straight sets in the first round, but he’s yet to progress further - and coming up against the red-hot home favourites means that run is likely to continue on Wednesday. Albot is 5/2 @ Betfair for the upset.

Fognini vs Albot match stats


  • Their head-to-head is level at 1-1
  • Fognini won in Beijing last year, while Albot prevailed in Indian Wells this year
  • Fognini is 9-1 on European clay this season
  • Albot is 3-3 on clay in 2019

Fognini vs Albot betting tips


There’s no doubt Albot has the solid and defensive game that can give Fognini nightmare when the Italian isn’t in the zone - the Moldovan did bagel him in Indian Wells earlier this season after all - but on his home turf and in brilliant form at the moment, it’d be a huge surprise if Albot troubled him in Rome. Fognini has been all business for the last month or so - which is extremely rare - and with the home crowd cheering him on, this is a match he surely won’t let slip through his grasp.

Fognini vs Albot match odds


Fognini to win - 2/7 @ bet365
Albot to win - 5/2 @ Betfair

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Fognini to win in straight sets at 4/5 @ BetVictor

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