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    Stan Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem In Motion In Rome: Day 2 Preview | ATP Tour

    A pair of prime ATP Tour stars proceed their comebacks after long-term harm on the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Monday, with Stan Wawrinka taking up Reilly Opelka and Dominic Thiem going through Fabio Fognini in first-round motion on the ATP Masters 1000 occasion.

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    [14] Reilly Opelka (USA) vs. Stan Wawrinka (SUI)

    If their solely earlier tour-level assembly is something to go by, Opelka and Wawrinka might properly serve up a Monday basic on the Foro Italico. The pair performed out a five-set thriller at Wimbledon in 2019, with Opelka taking the fifth set 8-6 on the grass.

    The American has emerged as one thing of a clay-court darkish horse in current occasions, together with his booming serve powering him to a maiden title on the crimson grime in Houston in April. The 14th seed additionally loved a powerful run in Rome final yr, reaching the semi-finals with out dropping a set earlier than falling to eventual champion Rafael Nadal.

    He takes on a former World No. 3 in Wawrinka who’s enjoying simply his second ATP Tour occasion after 13 months away because of a foot harm. Wawrinka has tasted Masters 1000 glory on the clay earlier than, at Monte Carlo in 2014, and in addition has pedigree within the Italian capital, having reached the ultimate in Rome in 2008.

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    Dominic Thiem (AUT) vs. Fabio Fognini (ITA)

    Thiem has proven flashes of his good greatest in his three matches on Tour since coming back from a wrist harm, and the Austrian will hope to place collectively a extra full efficiency at a match the place he reached the semi-finals in 2017. Fognini’s 2022 season has been a blended bag to date, with the 2019 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters champion 11-8 for the yr, and he’ll wish to bounce again strongly from a straight-sets loss to Nikoloz Basilashvili within the first spherical in Madrid.

    Thiem leads Fognini 3-1 within the pair’s ATP Head2Head collection, however the Italian’s sole victory got here in Rome in 2018 and Fognini, one of many largest showmen on Tour, has a historical past of upping his degree in entrance of his residence followers.

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    [13] Denis Shapovalov (CAN) vs. Lorenzo Sonego (ITA)

    Shapovalov meets residence favorite Sonego in a maiden ATP Head2Head assembly because the Canadian seeks to inject some momentum into his season. The thirteenth seed helped Group Canada to ATP Cup glory and reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open in January, however is 6-6 since.

    Shapovalov was a semi-finalist in Rome in 2020, however his opponent on Monday matched that run a yr later with Sonego upsetting Gael Monfils, Thiem and Andrey Rublev on the best way to the ultimate 4 in 2021. The Italian will look to residence help for inspiration as soon as once more when he takes on Shapovalov in Grand Stand Area.

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    A pair of younger Italian wild playing cards tackle High 50 opponents on Monday as 20-year-old Giulio Zeppieri faces Karen Khachanov, with #NextGenATP 19-year-old Flavio Cobolli assembly Jenson Brooksby. Monte Carlo finalist Alejandro Davidovich Fokina appears to kick-start one other deep run at Masters 1000 degree when he takes on Ilya Ivashka, whereas Sebastian Korda faces a tricky opponent in Munich finalist Botic van de Zandschulp. The person van de Zandschulp ousted within the first spherical in Madrid, fifteenth seed Pablo Carreno Busta, opens his marketing campaign in opposition to Federico Delbonis.

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