Originally from San Remo, a coastal city in Italy just 20km from the French border. He grew up in a place where history and glamor merge. With a mild temperature throughout the year, he was able to enjoy both the Carnival of Flowers and the adrenaline of watching the cyclists cross the finish line at the event in Milan-San Remo.
This is a region that was chosen to be the retirement location of Mexican writer Ignacio Manuel Altamirano (responsible for laying the foundation for free elementary school, secular and mandatory education in his native country) and the Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel.
San Remo is known across the globe for hosting the famous Festival of the Song which invites personalities ranging from Luis Miguel to Roberto Carlos to Elton John. This city has been able to know, up close and personal, some of the greatest musicians of all time.
Now, we are talking about the overly talented Fabio Fognini. He started playing tennis at the age of four and is now about to turn 32. Among his favorite passions are football (he is a fan of Inter Milan and Genoa, his idol is Marco Materazzi, who is responsible for having Zinedine Zidane expelled in the 2006 German final) and Moto GP (his favorite player is the Italian star Valentino Rossi).
This last year Fognini became the fourth Italian to reach 300 victories (Adriano Panatta tops the list with 372) when he defeated Gael Monfils in the 1000 Masters of the “Eternal City”. He is now being coached by Franco Davín (former coach of Gastón Gaudio and Juan Martín del Potro when they won their Grand Slam titles) for a couple of seasons where he has continued to keep growing.
One of his pastimes on the court include the intense (often one sided) discussions he has with the line judges. Among his favorites include Mohamed Lahyani, Carlos Benardes and Pascal Maria. However, it seems to be apparent that after having married tennis player and compatriot Flavia Pennetta (they have one son together) has helped him achieve some stability on the courts around the world. So much so that the following year he handed Rafael Nadal his only Grand Slam loss after winning the first two sets (before then, the Mallorcan had a perfect 151-0 record).
Fognini jumps six places to a career-high No. 12 in the ATP ranking.
He has won 9 titles, eight on clay and one on hardcourt in……Los Cabos. Yes! He is the defending champion of the tournament (he defeated Del Potro in the final in straight sets).
To conclude, he just one his first Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo by beating the “King of Clay” in the semifinals and the up and coming Serbian Dusan Lajovic in the final. Fabio Fognini is aiming to get into the top ten for the first time in his career and it is guaranteed to be a spectacle. Do not miss his next show!
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