“I’m close to the end of my career,” Fabio Fognini said.

One of my last lines of work: “I’m getting close to the end of my career.” After defeating Aljaz Bedene in the opening round of the ATP 500 tournament in Hamburg, Fabio Fognini made history as the first Italian tennis player in ATP Tour history to win 400 games.

The Italian snapped a three-match losing streak, and will next face Karen Khachanov in the round of 16 in Germany. The Russian holds a narrow 2-1 advantage in their all-concrete head-to-head matchup history.

Fognini is in the midst of arguably the most challenging season of his career, but that isn’t going to stop him from succeeding. His recent calf injury was the most serious yet, threatening to prevent him from playing at Wimbledon.

The Italian then competed in the third Grand Slam of the year, losing in the first round to Tallon Griekspoor in four sets.

When asked about his current situation, Fognini said, “It’s the most difficult period of my career.”

“This has been the most challenging time in my athletic career, what with the Covid-19 pandemic and some health issues.

With all my victories, good games, bad games, and tournament wins behind me, I can confidently say that I am finishing my career. One of my greatest aspirations is to rediscover what it’s like to enjoy life once more, to run without pain and to fight until the very end.

When the time is right, I will give up my career to focus on my loved ones. It will be a trying time, but we’ll have to see what develops. Do we really need to ask how many times we won? When I first started out, I never in a million years thought I’d be where I am now.

After 35 years on this planet, I can honestly say that this is one of my proudest accomplishments. I think it’s fair to say that 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 was played on the Central Court of the Hamburg European Open.