Professional tennis player Fabio Fognini recently said that Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are practically unbeatable. He compared Federer and Djokovic to Rafael Nadal and considers him more vulnerable than them.
Fabio Fognini isone of the few players that have beaten Rafael Nadal on clay. He defeated the Spaniard 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters in April. Fognini then won in the Final against Dušan Lajović 6-3, 6-4 on April 21. This was his first ATP Masters 1000 championship.
According to Fognini, Federer and Djokovic are on a different level than Nadal. He said that Nadal presents challenges, though not insurmountable ones.
“When Roger and Novak are at their top, it is very difficult,” Fognini said in an interview with NRC. “They play so fast, give you no space.”
“With Rafa it is different, his game is more physical. He destroys you in the rally and mentally. But you can play against him, you can run.”
That Monte-Carlo Masters semi finals battle with Rafael Nadal was the best match of Fognini’s career. The Italian hasn’t won more tournaments since and he shared a simple and honest explanation why this happens.
“I am sometimes lazy, that did not help me,” Fognini said.
“If I wasn’t lazy, I would certainly have achieved more at tournaments. Sometimes I would rather sit on the couch than train or prepare for a tournament.”