Carreno Busta should see off old foe Fognini in Monte Carlo
Spanish ace is improving
Sky Sports 3, 10am Monday
Pablo Carreno Busta has shown bundles of improvement over the last 16 months and the Spaniard can be supported when he takes on Fabio Fognini in the Monte Carlo Masters.
The 25-year-old has climbed from 68th to a career-high 19th in the ATP world rankings since January 2016 and he could soon be knocking on the door of the top ten if he continues his upward curve.
Carreno Busta demonstrated a typically Spanish dexterity on clay with a fruitful Golden Swing campaign earlier this year as he made the semi-finals in Buenos Aires and Sao Paolo either side of a final defeat in Rio against Dominic Thiem.
He boasts an impressive winning record against the Italian, having beaten him on each of their four meetings, including last year's Kremlin Cup final and most recently in Sao Paolo.
He backed up those performances in South America on a hard court with a run to the semi-finals at Indian Wells before Stan Wawrinka put an end to his challenge.
Fognini did not fare as well in South America but he made the semi-finals of the Miami Open before losing out to Rafa Nadal. While he is undoubtedly talented, inconsistency has blighted the Italian's career and he should be taken on.
The WTA Zhengzhou Women's Tennis Open begins in China in the early hours of Monday and bet365 make Shuai Peng the 5-2 favourite.
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