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Fabio Fognini vs Alex de Minaur Predictions & Tips - Epic encounter expected at the Australian Open

  • Fabio Fognini vs Alex de Minaur predictions for Saturday’s Australian Open match
  • The third round clash is being played at Melbourne Park
  • Fabio Fognini has gone to 5 sets in 4 of his last 6 matches at the Australian Open
  • I am backing an epic encounter to go all the way
  • Preview, predictions, stats and live stream information
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Fabio Fognini has gone to 5 sets in 4 of his last 6 matches at the Australian Open (Getty Images)
Mat Marshall 13 Feb 2021
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Fabio Fognini vs Alex de Minaur Predictions


Fabio Fognini and Alex de Minaur are expected to produce a close match at the Australian Open. There is value in the total games market.

  • Fabio Fognini has won 4 of his last 6 matches.
  • Fabio Fognini is 5-1 in his last 6 matches (Australian Open).
  • Fabio Fognini has gone to 5 sets in 4 of his last 6 matches (Australian Open).
  • Alex de Minaur is 4-1 in his last 5 matches (Australian Open).
  • Alex de Minaur has won 7 of his last 9 matches.

Head to Head


This will be the first match between Fabio Fognini and Alex de Minaur.

Fabio Fognini Stats


Nationality: Italy
Age: 33 (24 May 1987)
Height: 5'10" (178cm)
Plays: Right-Handed
World Ranking: 17
Career High: 9 (July 2019)
Career Singles Titles: 9
2021 Singles Titles: 0
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0
Australian Open Best Result: Fourth Round (2014, 2018, 2020)

Fabio Fognini Form


Fabio Fognini did little of note in 2020, his best result coming at the Australian Open where he reached the fourth round. The Italian went 3-7 to end the year.

The 33-year-old competed in the ATP Cup last week. He lost in straight sets to Dennis Novak and Andrey Rublev with wins against Benoit Paire (6-1 7-6) and Pablo Carreno Busta (6-2 1-6 6-4).

Fognini beat World No. 84 Pierre Hugues Herbert 6-4 6-2 6-3 in round one of the Australian Open. He didn’t allow a break point, winning 60% of his 2nd serves.

The World No. 17 beat Salvatore Caruso in an epic 5 set match in the second round. Fognini prevailed 4-6 6-2 2-6 6-3 7-6 (14-12).

Alex de Minaur Stats


Nationality: Australia
Age: 23 (17 February 1999)
Height: 6'0" (183cm)
Plays: Right-Handed
World Ranking: 23
Career High: 18 (October 2019)
Career Singles Titles: 4
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0
2021 Singles Titles: 1
Australian Open Best Result: Third Round (2019)

Alex de Minaur Form


Alex de Minaur reached the ATP Antwerp final in October where he went down to Ugo Humbert. 

The 23-year-old started 2021 in the best possible fashion by winning the ATP Antalya event in Turkey. De Minaur beat Nikoloz Basilashvili in the quarters and David Goffin in the semis before a walkover against Alexander Bublik in the final.

The World No. 23 had a tough time against top quality opposition at the ATP Cup in Melbourne. The Australian lost 4-6 6-4 6-4 against Roberto Bautista Agut and 6-3 7-5 against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

De Minaur beat World No. 50 Tennys Sandgren 7-5 6-1 6-1 in the Australian Open first round. He won 86% of his first serves and 71% of his second serves, not allowing Sandgren a break point.

Alex de Minaur defeated 35-year-old Pablo Cuevas 6-3 6-3 7-5 in the second round. He was down 5-3 in the 3rd set, but broke the Uruguayan’s serve and went on with the job.

Live Stream


Alex de Minaur and Fabio Fognini meet in the third round of the Australian Open on Saturday.

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Verdict

Bookmakers are giving Fabio Fognini no respect here. He can keep it closer than the odds suggest with Alex de Minaur to ultimately prevail.

Best Bet: Fabio Fognini +2.5 Set Handicap @-128.21 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Over 36.5 Total Games @104.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: Alex de Minaur Win 3-2 Correct Score @600.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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