Our Day 8 Australian Open preview breaks down Tomas Berdych’s clash with Fabio Foginini as they vie for a semi-final berth.
History: Played 4: Fognini 2 V Berdych 2.
Last meeting: May 13, 2015 (Rome Masters – R16): Berdych d Fognini 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(2).
Final Thoughts: Tomas Berdych has enjoyed a relatively smooth path to the fourth round of the Australian Open, beating Aussie Alex de Minaur and Guillermo Garcia Lopez in four-set encounters, before powering past the vastly experienced Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets on Saturday.
The world No.20 reached the quarters or semis in Melbourne for six straight years from 2011-16, while he also made deep semi-final runs at Wimbledon in 2016-17 – big-match chops that will serve Berdych well in this showdown.
Fabio Fognini, seeded 25th, reached this stage by disposing of Horacio Zeballos and Evgeny Donskoy before outlasting Julien Benneteau in a five-setter.
The Italian stalwart is aiming for just the second grand slam quarter-final appearance of his career, and his first since Wimbledon 2011. He came into this tournament on the back of a semi-final run at the Sydney International.
Foginini will have his work cut out combating his much taller opponent’s big serve and powerful forehand. The underdog will make the Czech gun work for it and might take a set off him, but Berdych should advance and keep his bid for a maiden major victory alive.
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