Fabio Fognini is one of those players who’s been around for a long time yet, at some level, underachieved through the course of his tennis career. He turned pro in 2004 and, currently at the age of 34, is still going strong on the ATP Tour circuit. However, a total of 14 career titles – 9 in singles and 5 in doubles – is a slightly underwhelming return. Nevertheless, he has always been a consistent threat on the tour and has maintained a steady ranking on the ATP charts. His highest ranking was 9 in 2019 and he currently sits comfortably in the top 50.
Fognini’s game-play is best suited to red clay courts, which is where he has tasted most of his success. Indeed, 8 of his 9 titles in singles events came on clay. Weirdly enough, despite being a proficient clay court player, he’s never made much progress in the French Open. His best showing in that particular Grand Slam came in 2011, when he made the quarterfinals.
Fognini has shared the court with some of the greats of tennis and here is a look at his best rivalries.
The Italian really has felt the wrath of the great Rafael Nadal on the court, and it has certainly not been pretty. The two have faced each other 17 times and the Spaniard has won 13 of those encounters.
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If Fognini’s record against Nadal was bad, things get much worse when it comes to David Ferrer. The two have battled it out on court 11 times so far. Not a single time has the Italian been able to get the better of his opponent.
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The German and the Italian have been in 10 singles matches together in their career and Kohlschreiber has won seven of those encounters.
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