Fabio Fognini and Diego Sebastian Schwartzman only participated in the fourth duel of their careers. They played together twice three years ago. Now they are back. In the first round of Monte Carlo, they defeated Oliver Malach (Austria)-Luke Saville (Australia) 6:4, 7:5. Their competitors shared more experience in court. Łukasz Kubot and the 31-year-old Dutchman Wesley Koolhof started participating in the competition in February this year and have played 11 games so far (balance sheet 6-5).
In the first set, the duo: Kubot-Koolhof dominated. He won 6:1 and defeated his opponent three times. The favorite decides their service is better, and they win as much as 78%. Only 38% of the opponents scored after the first pass. Not only that, Fognini-Schwartzman also didn’t score after the second pass! (Competitor 5/11).
The second set is more even. The Italian-Argentina duo received a serve from their opponents in the second game and led 2-0. Kubot-Koolhof quickly retaliated with breakthrough measures and performed the same in the seventh game. However, they were unable to maintain a satisfactory result (4:3), and after a while, they lost the decisive seventh point (in the game, when balanced, you have no advantage, just one point) decision). Not only that, they broke out again in the tenth game.
The decisive game, scored as high as 10 points, very even. Kubot-Koolhof has led 6:3, but they wasted their advantage and lost 5 points in a row! The opponent’s score was 8:7, Kubot slightly missed the forehand, and a moment later he volleyed to the finish line.
Therefore, the Polish game may not be played in the quarterfinals. Kubot-Koolhof may face the winner of the duel: the first pair of seeds: Juan-Sebastian Cabal / Robert Farah (both Colombia) and the duo: Hubert Hurkacz / Felix Auger-Aliassime. The game was originally scheduled for Thursday at 10. The favorite is the Colombians, who won both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2019.