Fabio Fognini vows to upset Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros
Fabio Fognini says he is ready to repeat his Monte-Carlo masterpiece and beat Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to the French Open title.
The Italian caused a stir when he defeated Nadal in the semi-finals before taking the title against Dusan Lajovic, but he says he’s not ready to stop there in his fresh quest for honours.
“Regarding Roland Garros, there are players like Nadal and Djokovic who will play to enter the sports legend,” Fognini said.
“But I know what I can do when I’m good on the pitch like in Monte Carlo.”
Reflecting on his maiden masters-level title win, Fognini was understandably still beaming.
However, although he does admit he felt ‘sorry’ for Nadal, he believes the Spaniard should have given him more credit.
“Obviously last week [in Monte-Carlo] was incredible,” he said.
“It was unthinkable at the beginning of the week to predict that it would end this way, especially in light of the fact that I came from a difficult period.
“I didn’t feel good on the court, and when difficult situations arose I couldn’t get out.
“In Monte Carlo I was lucky at first, but then I started playing very well.
“Compared to the game against Rafa, I learned that he said he played very badly.
“I’m sorry for him, but ultimately it’s his problem. Obviously he is a sports legend and has won millions of games on clay, but that day I played better and he was worse, so I deserved to win.”
More from Tennis365:
Daniil Medvedev closing in on career milestone as he returns to action this week
Daniil Medvedev will become the first player outside the ‘Big Four’ to claim a top two spot in the ATP rankings this week.
‘I’m pumped to be competing again’ – Andy Murray steps up his comeback in Rotterdam
Andy Murray has declared he is ready to step up his latest comeback effort, as he prepares to compete in the ATP 500 event in Rotterdam.
Historic day for Novak Djokovic as he equals Roger Federer’s record of weeks as world No.1
Djokovic is guaranteed to set a new mark next week.
David Goffin ends long wait for an ATP title with a win in Montpellier
David Goffin captured his first ATP Tour title for more than three years by winning the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.
Roger Federer sends his fans into a frenzy with Twitter post ahead of his return to action
Roger Federer fans are counting down to his return to action in Doha next week and his tweet teasing his return instantly became a big hit.
Iga Swiatek’s perfect week as she claims her second WTA title
Iga Swiatek won her second career WTA title with victory over Belinda Bencic in the final of the Adelaide International.
Jamie Murray says quarantine threat on tour means players must be ready to adapt
The doubles specialist plans to travel to tournaments in Mexico and Miami next month without knowing what to expect on arrival.
Battle of the Brits event is back and this time with spectators
The Battle of the Brits events were a huge success during the Covid-19 crisis and now they are set to return with spectators.
The only way is up for Naomi Osaka as she looks to replicate hard-court success on clay and grass
Oli Jefford on the world being Naomi Osaka’s oyster.
Britain’s strength in depth in doubles highlights quality of structure
British tennis may be wondering who can replace Andy Murray, but they have a very different story to tell in the doubles arena.