Plus, Roger and Nick will battle here instead of Indian Wells
Two and a half years ago at the US Open against Nadal, Fognini decided to swing away. In the first two sets, the Spaniard was very confident and effective. But in the third set, the Italian began to kiss the lines and all of a sudden, he was ready to stun Nadal.
And he did, winning 3-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 6-4.
Fognini was so happy, while Rafa was very upset. He was ticked off and didn’t want to go it again. In the fall, Nadal beat Fognini in Beijing. In 2016 on clay at Barcelona, Rafa out-hit the Italian.
On Thursday, both men want to reach the final badly. Rafa hasn’t won a big tournament since 2014. The 29-year-old Fognini hasn’t reached an important tournament, ever.
Without a doubt, Fognini will attempt to push Rafa way back on the court, hammering the Spaniards so-so backhand. But Rafa knows that, he is trying to improve his backhand, and of course, the left-hander can dominate with his incredible forehand.
Rafa will come into the net on occasion and win some crucial points. Nadal in two sets
Roger Federer vs Nick Kyrgios
The Aussie Kyrgios says that Federer is the best player, ever. Unfortunately for Roger, the only time they played was in 2015 at the Madrid Masters, and the then 18-year-old Kyrgios shocked Federer 6-7(2) 7-6(5) 7-6(12).
Can they do it again on Friday night in Miami?
We hope so. A couple weeks ago, they were set to face off at Indian Wells, but Kyrgios got sick and pulled out.
This time, he is going to go on court and let it all hang out.
We all know that Nick is very, very good. His serve, forehand and backhand are very powerful. He also throws in a lot of slice.
Federer is looking tired. The Swiss won the tough Indian Wells in California, and during the last eight days in Florida, he’s looked shaky. He nearly lost against Tomas Berdych on Thursday.
Roger is so, so happy this year, unlike last year, when he was angry because his body was breaking down.
Obviously, the 18-time Grand Slam is the favorite and he is extremely knowledgable, but it is time for Federer to lose now and rest.
Kyrgios will win in three amazing sets.