In the first round of the ATP 500 tournament in Hamburg, Fabio Fognini defeated Aljaz Bedene to become the first Italian tennis player to win 400 matches on the major circuit. The Ligurian snapped a losing streak of three and will face Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinals of the German competition.
The Russian is ahead 2-1 in straight sets, but the two have never played each other on a surface other than concrete. Without a doubt, Fognini is going through one of the most challenging seasons of his career, but that isn’t going to stop him from succeeding.
His performance has been hindered by a number of injuries, the most recent of which, a calf strain, has made it unlikely that he will be able to compete at Wimbledon. The Italian then played his third Slam of the year and left the tournament in the first round, losing in four sets to Tallon Griekspoor.
Fognini said, “This is the most challenging period of my career.”
“This has been the most challenging time in my athletic career, what with the Covid-19 pandemic and my own personal health issues. All my wins, losses, and tournament victories have led me to this point in my career.
My number one goal in life is to once again be able to do the things I enjoy, like running without discomfort or fear, and competing to the finish line. There will come a time when I decide to give up everything else and focus solely on my loved ones, and I will be the one to make that call.
I know it will be a very difficult time, but we will see what happens.” , Fognini explained in a press conference. “400 wins? When I first started out, I never would have guessed that I would have come this far. Now that I’m 35, I realize what a big deal this really is.
Absolutely, without a doubt, I am very content “. After two matches in the women’s draw and the match between Francisco Cerundolo and Andrey Rublev, the match between Fognini and Khachanov will take place on the Central Court of the Hamburg European Open.