A new chapter in Fabio Fognini’s illustrious career has been opened with his triumph over Aljaz Bedene, a longtime favorite on the professional circuit. As a result, ‘Fogna’ surpasses Adriano Panatta’s record of 393 major championship titles to become the first Italian tennis player to reach the milestone of 400 career triumphs.
“What is Fognini’s age? That was the age at which I ceased… You can now play for a longer period of time. Today, a first-round Slam is worth as much as a Slam final did when I played! It’s easier to keep going when one has a greater sense of purpose.
I’d like to extend my congratulations to Fabio, but I’m not sure you can hold a candle to him. He didn’t win a Grand Slam like I did, but if I won Rome, he’d win Monte Carlo. Is it true he’ll be missing the Davis Cup as well? They did demolish it, but it’s now the grandfather cup.
No, I’m not sure Berrettini and Sinner can beat me either. There are a lot of variables that go into a career’s duration, so it’s hard to say for sure “In any case, Panatta had already stated, preventing any type of comparison from taking place. However, Andreas Seppi has halted at 386 and is now more involved in the shambles of Challenger events than Atp ones, despite being the closest and most active competitor left at the finish line.
Corrado Barazzutti and Renzo Furlan, both with 317 victories, round out the top five. Although Fognini has been a professional since 2004, the decline in singles has been inevitable for a few years, he has also reached the quarterfinals on the Bois de Boulogne clay in 2011, but most importantly he added the pearl of the Monte-Carlo ‘1000’ in 2019 to the necklace of titles he already had.
Despite the existence of players like Matteo Berrettini, Jannik Sinner, Lorenzo Sonego, and the rest of Italy’s Next Gen, Fognini remains a “live” representation of Italian tennis.
Eight Italians are currently in the top 20 in the Race to Milan standings, as of this writing. Getty Images provided the image.