Fabio Fognini makes Italian tennis history at Indian Wells Masters

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Fabio Fognini makes Italian tennis history at Indian Wells Masters

World No. 36 Fabio Fognini made Italian tennis history on Thursday as he is now the Italian male player with the most wins in Italian tennis history. On Thursday, Fognini handed a 3-6 6-3 6-3 loss to Spain's Pablo Andujar in the Indian Wells Masters first round.

Fognini now has 392 match wins on the ATP Tour, passing former world No. 4 Adriano Panatta. “It’s nice for sure. I didn’t know before the match, believe me,” Fognini told ATPTour.com. “They are just statistics, but of course I’m happy.

Now they compare me to the big ones. Adriano was an idol when I was young, so I’m really happy. It’s not the end. I’ll continue fighting and let’s see what happens."

Fognini now enjoys tennis more

Fognini, 34, admits his career will soon be over and he wants to enjoy what is left.

“If I have to be honest, not really. But you go day by day, tournament by tournament, year by year. If I’m looking back at my career, I did something great. Probably in the past two months, especially after Australia I started enjoying a little more my tennis, even if it’s difficult traveling without my family,” Fognini said.

“This job is not going to go forever, so I’m trying to enjoy my last years of competition and we’ll see. But at the moment I’m happy for sure”. The conditions in Indian Wells on Thursday weren't ideal and Fognini struggled early on against Andujar.

However, Fognini managed to work his way back into the match and escape with a three-set win. “It was not easy because the conditions were not great conditions. It’s windy, it’s cold. It changes constantly,” Fognini said.

“But I’m happy the way I’m fighting and of course that at the end I won my match”. Fognini plays next Nikoloz Basilashvili.