Fabio Fognini analyzes the new challenge against Rafael Nadal

Fabio Fognini almost unexpectedly gave himself another match at the US Open, of a very important importance and certainly greater than the debut. The blue, down by two partial against Aslan Karatsev, found the energy to react and win the match in the decisive fifth set.

A success that gave him a lot of morale, a fundamental ingredient to face the next cross against the hostile Rafael Nadal.

The words of the two protagonists

To the microphones of SuperTennis both expressed their considerations before taking the field on Thursday.

The Ligurian said on the statement: “I’m happy, a two-sided game but despite everything I managed to win it. It’s always nice and I’m happy to have given myself another opportunity to play here in New York in the coming days” he analyzed .

Then the focus shifted to the new opponent: “It will be very nice. Even if the last two years have been quite disappointing (if we can use this adjective), because the results have not arrived and consequently I have won few challenges by going down in the world ranking. , I see this as a reward to myself.

These are the races that still keep me alive, also because I undoubtedly like to play. Having a match against him will be complicated, maybe one or two players can start favorites at the moment.

I’m happy to be able to understand what my level is and his too. I’ll try to fight as best I can, “he commented. The 35-year-old recalled the unforgettable fight in this competition dating back to 2015:” The stats are meant to be knocked down, I don’t know if he was the first or second to beat him in a Grand Slam tournament. with two partial disadvantages.

Obviously, having done it on that magical night in New York was something that still remained etched in my mind and in many Italians. It will be an uphill battle, I’ll try to play my cards right and complicate his game a little.

I know him very well, I have won a few times and lost on many occasions. In the end I’m happy and unhappy to face him “concluded. Rafa also spoke:” Difficult game. Fabio won a good challenge on his debut.

We are in a Grand Slam and therefore every race hides pitfalls and is complicated. The whole world plays tennis well, I always have to improve my level and play well to have a chance of winning against him. We’ll see how it goes “he always told SuperTennis.

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