A good Fabio Fognini beats the odds to defeat Gael Monfils in the semifinal of the inaugural Diriyah Tennis Cup. The Italian dismissed Gael 6-4 6-4 rather comfortably. What was a bit bizarre wasn’t that both Fabio and Gael were in clear “exhibition mode,” but that the winner of the tournament will still pocket $1 million. Therefore, we may have expected a less lighthearted match between the two. $1 million is prize money that a lot of players will just dream to reach in 1 year.
The Italian will wait for the winner between David Goffin and Daniil Medvedev. The Russian is the favorite, but so was Monfils.
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Nono solo tennis: alla Diriyah Tennis Cup va in finale Fabio #Fognini ma a colpi di testa, contro Gael #Monfils, chi vincerà? 😂 🎾🆚⚽@fabiofogna #DTC #EurosportTENNIS | https://t.co/gDw7vWJkt5 pic.twitter.com/pmnaAVFCss
— Eurosport IT (@Eurosport_IT) December 13, 2019
Gael Monfils’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.10, Monfils played his last match on the 1st of November when he lost to Denis Shapovalov 6-2 6-2 in the quarter in Paris.
This year the French Player has a 37-18 win-loss record. Gael conquered 1 title in Rotterdam.
Fabio Fognini’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.12, Fognini played his last match on the 30th of October when he lost to Denis Shapovalov 3-6 6-3 6-3 in the 2nd round in Paris.
This year the Italian has a 29-22 win-loss record. Fognini clinched 1 title in Carlo.
Gael Monfils and Fabio Fognini played each other 9 times. The head to head is 5-4 for Monfils.
The last time that they squared off, Fabio Fognini won 6-3 6-1 in the 1st round in Rome (Internazionali BNL d’Italia) in May 2018.
Daniil Medvedev’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.5, Medvedev played his last match on the 15th of November when he lost to Alexander Zverev 6-4 7-64 in the round robin in London.
This year Medvedev has a 58-21 win-loss record. Daniil clinched 4 titles in 2019 in Sofia, in Cincinnati, in St. Petersburg and in Shanghai. Daniil was the finalist in Brisbane, in Barcelona, in Washington, in Montreal and at the U.S. Open.
David Goffin’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.11, the Belgian played his last match on the 30th of October when he capitulated to Grigor Dimitrov 7-5 6-3 in the 2nd round in Paris.
David Goffin’s best performance of the current year was getting to the final in Halle and Cincinnati.
Daniil Medvedev and David Goffin played each other 3 times. The head to head is 2-1 for Medvedev.
The last time that they played each other, Fabio Fognini won 7-63 6-4 in the final in Cincinnati (Western & Southern Open) THE 18th OF August 2019.
Here the highlights.
Gael Monfils, Fabio Fognini, Daniil Medvedev and David Goffin
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