Fabio Fognini withdraws from Marrakech

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Fabio Fognini withdraws from Marrakech

Former world No. 9 Fabio Fognini won't be starting his European clay season next week as he has withdrawn from Marrakech. Fognini, 34, was scheduled to make his second appearance in Marrakech this year. Fognini, now ranked at No.

34 in the world, made his Marrakech debut in 2019. Back then, Fognini suffered a surprise first round defeat to Jiri Vesely. Fognini last played at the Miami Masters, where he reached the second round before losing to Nick Kyrgios.

Kyrgios, a former world No. 13, routinely handled Fognini as he handed the italian a 6-2 6-4 loss. Kyrgios had no problems against Fognini as he broke the Italian twice in the first and once in the second set, all while not facing a single break point.

“I wanted to keep the momentum going,” Kyrgios said in his on-court interview. "As soon as I had break points I wanted to take them. I served well and I am happy to be through. I am just returning well. My doubles has helped me a lot on my singles court.

The way I am serving and returning is quite a sight to see."

Fognini made Italian tennis history at the Indian Wells Masters

After beating Pablo Andujar in the Indian Wells first round, Fognini became the Iralian male player with the most wins in Italian tennis history.

It was Fognini 392nd win, surpassing Italian tennis legend 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 will skip Marrakech but he should be ready for the Monte Carlo Masters, which starts on April 10.