World number 41 Ben Shelton will take on the 88th-ranked Fabio Fognini in the first round of the 2023 ATP Indian Wells Masters on Wednesday, March 8. Get the live streaming options of this Ben Shelton v Fabio Fognini match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Ben Shelton v Fabio Fognini Head to Head
Shelton and Fognini have never faced off before this.
Shelton Hoping for Consistency
It’s been a tale of two parts so far this season for Shelton.
The first has the excellence attached with making it to the quarterfinals of a major, which Shelton did at the Australian Open by defeating JJ Wolf in the previous round.
The other side of the story, however, for Shelton has his struggles in the remaining four tournaments he has featured in this season. He has only one main draw win in total in them.
More recently, Shelton is coming off a three-match losing streak, including two successive losses in the first round at the Delray Beach Open and Acapulco Open. He went down to Marcos Giron and Holger Rune there.
Can Shelton now turn things around and prevent that streak from becoming four in a row when he takes on a clay-court specialist in his opener here?
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Fognini 1-5 for the Season
Clay is Fognini’s favourite surface and that’s why the quick shift from hardcourt to clay court competitions occurred for the Italian player. Unfortunately for Fognini, it hasn’t helped him one bit.
After starting out with opening round defeats at the Auckland Open and Australian Open, Fognini has featured at the Argentina Open, Rio Open and Santiago Open on clay. And won just one match.
As a result of the consistency that Fognini has shown in not winning a lot of matches over the past two seasons and a poor start to 2023, his ranking has fallen to 88th in the world. He is 35 and no spring chicken but even by those standards he would have liked to do better on the clay court swing.
Fognini has an interesting record at the Indian Wells Open though. While he has made it to the fourth round here only once, he has also never lost his opener in this competition since 2011.
Can he keep up to that again?
Shelton v Fognini Prediction and Tip
While Fognini has done well in the early stages of this competition in the past, Shelton could prove to be too strong for him here. Expecting a straight-set win for the American.
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