92 Facts About Fabio Fognini

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Fabio Fognini is an Italian professional tennis player.

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Fabio Fognini has a career-high ranking of world No 9 achieved on 15 July 2019.

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Fabio Fognini is currently ranked in 64th place by the Association of Tennis Professionals.

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Together with Simone Bolelli, Fabio Fognini won the 2015 Australian Open doubles championship, becoming the first all-Italian men's pair to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era.

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Fabio Fognini was born to Silvana and Fulvio, a businessman, and has a younger sister.

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Fabio Fognini began playing tennis when he was four years old and is a fan of football, supporting Inter Milan and Genoa CFC.

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Fabio Fognini enjoys motorbike racing and is a fan of Valentino Rossi.

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Fabio Fognini speaks Italian, English, Spanish, and French, and his nickname is "Fogna".

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Fabio Fognini achieved a combined ranking of No 8 in the world in May 2004, reaching the quarterfinals of both the Australian Open and French Open.

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Fabio Fognini began his professional career by playing a variety of Futures and Challenger tournaments, winning his first Futures title in 2005 at Spain No 1 and another at Italy No 9.

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Fabio Fognini was defeated in the first round by former World No 1 Carlos Moya, the eventual champion.

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In 2007, Fabio Fognini made some real progress on the ATP Tour, notably when he qualified for the 2007 French Open to make his first appearance in a Grand Slam event.

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Fabio Fognini lost in the first round to World No 35 Juan Monaco in five sets.

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Fabio Fognini was halted by World No 1 Roger Federer in the third round.

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Fabio Fognini finished the year ranked in the top 100 for the first time at No 94.

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Fabio Fognini lost a five-set first-round encounter against Michael Russell in the 2008 Australian Open.

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In June 2010, Fabio Fognini followed up his vein of good form as he defeated Fernando Verdasco, the 8th seed, in the first round of Wimbledon without dropping serve the entire match.

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Fabio Fognini reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam event for the first time at the 2011 French Open.

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Fabio Fognini defeated Denis Istomin in the first round and qualifier Stephane Robert in the second.

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Fabio Fognini was due to face World No 2 Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals but, prior to the match, he announced that he had made the "difficult" decision to withdraw on doctors' advice that it would be "dangerous" to play.

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Nonetheless, Fabio Fognini became the first Italian man in the French Open quarterfinals since 1995 and the first to reach that stage at a Grand Slam since 1998.

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Fabio Fognini's achievement saw him rise to a then career-high singles ranking of World No 32.

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Fabio Fognini subsequently lost to World No 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a match with considerable shot-making flair and variety.

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Fabio Fognini began his grass season by reaching the quarterfinals of Eastbourne, defeating fourth seed Bernard Tomic along the way, and falling to eventual tournament winner Andy Roddick in a tight three-set match.

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Fabio Fognini's run again ended at the hands of crowd favourite Andy Roddick in a dramatic match in four sets.

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Fabio Fognini was defeated by Roberto Bautista-Agut in five sets in the first round of the 2013 Australian Open.

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Fabio Fognini reached his first singles quarterfinal of the season at Buenos Aires, losing to top seed David Ferrer in straight sets.

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The next week, Fabio Fognini achieved a career-best performance at ATP 500 events with a semi-finals showing in Acapulco, defeating Stanislas Wawrinka along the way and again losing to Ferrer.

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Just over a week later, Fabio Fognini set up a clash with World No 1 Novak Djokovic, after defeating Aljaz Bedene for the second time in three weeks to reach the second round of the Indian Wells Masters.

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In Miami, Fabio Fognini was seeded at a Masters event for the first time in his career, earning a bye to the second round.

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Fabio Fognini defeated Michael Llodra, and lost to Ferrer again in the third round.

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Fabio Fognini carried on his rich vein of form to straight-set both Albert Ramos and No 4 seed Tomas Berdych to reach his first career quarterfinal in a Masters event.

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In Madrid, Fabio Fognini was involved in another highly unorthodox match, losing in a final set tiebreak to Mikhail Youzhny in the first round.

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Fabio Fognini served for the match in the third set and three match points.

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Fabio Fognini then lost nine points in a row, only to save two match points himself.

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Fabio Fognini began his grass-court season at the 2013 Aegon International held at Eastbourne, where he was seeded eighth.

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Fabio Fognini defeated Grega Zemlja and Martin Klizan, both from a set down, before falling to Ivan Dodig in the quarterfinals.

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At Wimbledon, Fabio Fognini lost in the first round to Jurgen Melzer, after leading by a set and a break.

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At the 2013 MercedesCup in Stuttgart, Fabio Fognini reached his third career final, defeating top seed and home favourite Tommy Haas en route.

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Fabio Fognini won his maiden title, by beating second seed, Philipp Kohlschreiber, in three sets.

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The following week, after an outstanding performance at 2013 International German Open, Fabio Fognini improved his winning streak to 10 wins in a row, entering the ATP top 20 for the first time.

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Fabio Fognini defeated Albert Ramos, Marcel Granollers and hometown hero Tommy Haas for the second time in two weeks to reach the semi-finals.

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Fabio Fognini reached his third tour final in as many weeks at Umag, defeating Thiemo de Bakker, Martin Klizan and Gael Monfils en route.

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The latter saw Fabio Fognini serving for the match having won the first five games, then losing six straight games, and then winning in a tiebreak.

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Fabio Fognini's 13-match winning streak was ended in the final by Tommy Robredo, whilst his ranking rose to a new career-high of World No 16.

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At the Asian hardcourt leg, Fabio Fognini reached the quarterfinals of Beijing, defeating resurgent veterans Tommy Robredo and Lleyton Hewitt.

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Fabio Fognini reached a career-best performance of the fourth round, defeating Alex Bogomolov Jr.

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Fabio Fognini then won the quarterfinal Davis Cup rubber for Italy against Great-Britain, defeating Andy Murray on clay in straight sets.

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Fabio Fognini was fined a then record $27,500 at Wimbledon for a series of offences during a first-round match.

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Fabio Fognini started his 2015 season at the Hopman Cup, partnering Flavia Pennetta.

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Fabio Fognini won his first Grand Slam at the 2015 Australian Open doubles alongside Simone Bolelli, with a straight-sets win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in the final.

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Fabio Fognini beat Rafael Nadal in the Semi-finals of the Rio Open before losing in the final to David Ferrer.

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At the US Open, Fabio Fognini beat Steve Johnson and Pablo Cuevas to advance to the third round where he caused a major upset, beating Rafael Nadal in five sets, coming from two sets and a break of serve down in both the third and fourth sets.

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Fabio Fognini subsequently lost his fourth round match against Feliciano Lopez.

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Fabio Fognini won his fourth ATP title at July's 2016 Croatia Open at Umag.

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Fabio Fognini went to the semi-finals of Miami before losing in straight sets to Rafael Nadal.

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Fabio Fognini rounded off strong finishes in the clay-court season including a defeat of world No 1, Andy Murray.

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At Wimbledon, Fabio Fognini reached the third round, where he faced Murray again.

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Fabio Fognini captured the trophy in Gstaad over German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann.

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At the US Open, after a first round loss to Stefano Travaglia, Fabio Fognini was immediately suspended from the tournament for unsportsmanlike conduct, specifically three violations including using misogynistic language towards the female umpire.

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At the St Petersburg Open, Fabio Fognini reached the final by defeating top seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the semi-final.

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Fabio Fognini started his 2018 season at the Sydney International, where he reached the semi-finals and was defeated by the eventual champion, Daniil Medvedev in three sets despite being up a set and a break.

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Fabio Fognini then won three 3-setters in Rio Open before crashing out to Fernando Verdasco in the semi-finals.

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At the Brasil Open in Sao Paulo, Fabio Fognini beat Domingues, Garcia-Lopez, and Cuevas to reach the final.

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Fabio Fognini then came from one set down to beat Nicolas Jarry and win his first title in 2018.

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In Rome, after defeating 6th seed Dominic Thiem, Fabio Fognini won the first set against 7-time champion Rafael Nadal before losing in three sets.

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Fabio Fognini was defeated in the fourth round of the French Open by 3rd seed Marin Cilic in 5 sets.

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Fabio Fognini won his second title of the year at the Swedish Open in Bastad.

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Fabio Fognini then traveled to Mexico to compete in the Los Cabos Open.

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Fabio Fognini was however unable to convert and lost the final in a third set tiebreaker.

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Fabio Fognini subsequently withdrew from the Shanghai Masters due to the same injury.

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Fabio Fognini entered the Monte Carlo Masters on a five-match losing streak.

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Fabio Fognini defeated Dusan Lajovic in the final in straight sets, winning the biggest title of his career and becoming the first Italian to win a Masters 1000 title.

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Fabio Fognini extended his winning streak to seven matches at the Madrid Masters before losing to Dominic Thiem in the third round.

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At the French Open, Fabio Fognini reached the fourth round where he lost to Zverev in 4 sets.

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Fabio Fognini became the oldest player to break into the top-10 since the establishment of ATP rankings in 1973.

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Fabio Fognini reached the fourth round at the Australian Open, beating Reilly Opelka after coming back from 2 sets to love down, Jordan Thompson, again in 5 sets, and Guido Pella.

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Fabio Fognini reached the fourth round of the 2021 Australian Open for the fourth time, this time beating Pierre-Hugues Herbert in straight sets, Salvatore Caruso in a narrow fifth set tiebreak, and home favourite and 21st seed Alex de Minaur.

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Fabio Fognini failed to defend his title in Monte Carlo, but still reached the quarterfinals, beating Miomir Kecmanovic, Jordan Thompson and Filip Krajinovic before losing to Casper Ruud in straight sets.

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At the 2021 Barcelona Open, Fabio Fognini was defaulted during his second round match against Bernabe Zapata Miralles for verbal abuse towards a line judge after being called for a foot fault.

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At the 2021 French Open, Fabio Fognini reached the third round for the ninth time, where he was beaten in straight sets by Federico Delbonis.

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Fabio Fognini became only the 14th active player to win 400 matches and the first Italian man in the Open Era with 400 tour-level wins followed by Adriano Panatta with 392 wins, and by Andreas Seppi with 386 wins, who is the second-most among active Italians.

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Fabio Fognini guided Italy into the quarterfinals of the 2013 Davis Cup World Group, defeating Ivan Dodig in the fifth and decisive rubber against Croatia.

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Fabio Fognini guided Italy past Argentina to the quarterfinals the following year, winning both singles rubbers against Juan Monaco and Carlos Berlocq, and the doubles rubber.

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Fabio Fognini currently uses the Babolat Pure Drive Racquet strung with Babolat RPM Blast strings.

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Clay-court specialist, Fabio Fognini is known for his streaky temperament, as well as his flair, speed, and movement on court.

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Fabio Fognini was thrown out of the 2017 US Open over obscene remarks made to a female umpire.

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Fabio Fognini has shown that he is capable of maintaining a strikingly balanced disposition when facing adversity.

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Fabio Fognini holds the record for committing the most foot faults whilst still winning a match: a grand total of 12, including double-faulting due to consecutive foot faults.

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Fabio Fognini uses the backhand down the line frequently, often in key moments.

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Since 2014, Fabio Fognini has been in a relationship with Italian tennis compatriot Flavia Pennetta, from Brindisi, a retired player who won the 2015 US Open singles title.

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Fabio Fognini is a fan of Inter Milan football club and Genoa C FC.

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