“I’m close the end of my career.” Thanks to the success obtained against Aljaz Bedene in the first round of the ATP 500 tournament in Hamburg, Fabio Fognini became the first Italian tennis player able to win 400 games in the ATP Tour. The Italian ended his three-game losing streak and in the round of 16 of the German event he will face Karen Khachanov.
The Russian is 2-1 ahead in head-to-head matches, but the two have never competed on a surface other than concrete. Fognini is certainly experiencing one of the most complicated seasons of his career, but he has no intention of giving up.
There are numerous injuries that are affecting his performance; the last one, the one in the calf, even put his participation in Wimbledon at risk. The Italian then played in the third Grand Slam of the year and left the tournament in the first round losing in four sets to Tallon Griekspoor.
Fognini: “It’s the most difficult period of my career”
“With the Covid-19 pandemic and physical problems, this has been the most difficult period of my sporting career. After all the triumphs, the good games, the bad ones and the tournaments I have won, I can say that I am closing the final part of my career.
My biggest dream is to have fun again: running without pain and fighting to the end. I will decide when it is time to leave everything and fully dedicate myself to my family.
I know it will be a very difficult moment, but we’ll see what happens. 400 victories? I never imagined at the beginning of my career I would get to this point. I am 35 years old and, looking back, I have to say that this is a great achievement for me. I can certainly say that I am very happy. “
The match between Fognini and Khachanov was played on the Central Court of the Hamburg European Open after two matches of the women’s draw and the match between Francisco Cerundolo and Andrey Rublev.