Fabio Fognini He reached the semi-finals of the ATP 250 tournament in Metz. A surprise to many observers. And perhaps also to the Italian himself.
By Daniel Hoffman
Last edited: November 9, 2023 at 11:25 pm
Rarely has any player in the past decade celebrated the interplay between celebrated genius and madness as much as Fabio Fognini, now 36 years old. The Italian has impressed fans around the world with his intelligence. An intelligence that is as unpredictable as his entire demeanor on the pitch. In 2015, the Liguori, born in Sanremo, reached seventh place in the world rankings. It was often heard at tournaments that his career could have been more successful with nine ATP titles.
Only in 2019 did Fogna win her biggest title with the Masters in Monte Carlos. But then the successes on the tour became less and the ranking also fell. A drop from the top 100 followed in April, and it was clear to many fans that a farewell was soon on the horizon. His wife, Flavia Pennetta, and three children are waiting at home. Reason enough to give up traveling.
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Fognini outperforms Bublik and Sonego
But this week, the former top-10 player, who received a wildcard into the main draw in Metz, appears to be feeling the yellow ball well again. After victories over Thiago Sibot Wild and seeded participants Aleksandar Bublik and Lorenzo Sonego, Fognini reached the semi-finals against Ugo Humbert. The title will return him to the ranks of the top hundred players in the world.
The always charismatic Italian, who spoke about the pros and cons of life as a tennis professional in an interview in the spring, will draw a lot of self-confidence from this week after numerous injuries in recent years. And perhaps in 2024 we will delight the tennis world again with wonderful gatherings.
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