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ATP Rio Open: Joao Fonseca vs. Mariano Navone Preview, Head-To-Head, and Prediction

Published 02/23/2024, 3:06 AM EST

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The tennis community is all excited about the only ATP Tour 500 event in South America, the Rio Open, which is currently underway in Brazil. With the conclusion of the round of 16 fixtures, the stage is now set for some thrilling quarterfinal showdowns on the outdoor clay courts at the Jockey Club Brasileiro.

On his home soil, the Brazilian tennis prodigy Joao Fonseca will lock horns with the five-time ATP Challenger singles title champion, Mariano Navone, in the quarterfinals. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top, as both the young ATP guns will be competing for a place in the semifinal round.

Joao Fonseca vs. Mariano Navone: Rio Open quarterfinal match preview

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After his lackluster campaigns in both the Challenger events in Buenos Aires and Punta del Este, Joao Fonseca now looks to make amends at his home tournament in Rio de Janeiro. In his opening match, the Brazilian player pulled off an upset against 7th-seeded Frenchman Arthur Fils in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4. Fonseca then breezed past his Chilean opponent, Cristian Garín, to reach the quarterfinals of the Rio Open.

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Mariano Navone, on the other hand, has secured a place in the main draw of the ATP Tour 500 event after some brilliant qualifying round victories. In his first-round match, the Argentine player made a stellar comeback against his compatriot, Federico Coria, as he won with a score of 1-6, 6-4, 6-2. The 22-year-old later swept aside the unseeded German player Yannick Hanfmann in the round of 16.

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Fonseca vs. Navone: Head-to-Head

The quarterfinal match between Fonseca and Navone at the Rio Open will also mark their second meeting on the men’s circuit. In their previous encounter at the 2022 Sao Leopoldo Challenger, the Brazilian tennis prodigy defeated Navone in a three-set game, and currently has a 1-0 lead in their H2H record.

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Prediction: Fonseca to emerge victorious in the quarterfinals of the Rio Open

The Brazilian player is playing on his home turf and will have the support of the local crowd rooting for him against his Argentine opponent. Fonseca has further reached the quarterfinal round without dropping a single set while also pulling off a bagel against a top-seeded opponent. Given his phenomenal performances throughout the tournament and his past encounter with Navone, Fonseca is the favorite to win this match.

Who do you think will prevail in this blockbuster Rio Open quarterfinal clash between Fonseca and Navone? Let us know in the comments section.

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Anurag Gusain is a Tennis Writer at EssentiallySports, who blends his innate talent for journalism with a solid foundation in English, earned during his undergraduate years. With more than two years of content creation under his belt, Anurag seamlessly translates his passion for tennis into captivating articles. At ES, he is the go-to voice for all things Serena Williams, skillfully covering both her on-court legacy and off-court endeavors.
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