Vienna QF previews and picks: Ferrer vs. Fognini, Karlovic vs. Gulbis

The Grandstand

FogniniTop-seeded David Ferrer will continue his Vienna campaign on Friday against Fabio Fognini. Ivo Karlovic and Ernests Gulbis are also aiming for a place in the semifinals.

(1) David Ferrer vs. (8) Fabio Fognini

One of the most lopsided “rivalries” on the ATP Tour will add another chapter when Ferrer and Fognini square off for the ninth time in their careers during quarterfinal action at the Erste Bank Open on Friday. Ferrer is dominating the head-to-head series 8-0, including 17-2 in total sets. Only one of the Spaniard’s 17 victorious sets has required a tiebreaker. The two outstanding baseline players have met once in 2015, when Ferrer cruised 6-2, 6-3 in the final of a clay-court event in Rio de Janeiro.

A hard court should actually give Fognini a better chance–something that no one could have said earlier this season. The 22nd-ranked Italian did not win a single match on…

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