Italian tennis star Fabio Fognini thinks tennis is in good hands with Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz as he has called them "the future of our sport." Fognini, who will be turning 35 in 10 days, is nearing the end of his career and he is not anymore the face of Italian tennis.
Now, it's time for Sinner, Matteo Berrettini and Lorenzo Sonego to shine. This week in Rome, Fognini exited the event in the second round after losing to Sinner. When it comes to Alcaraz, the 19-year-old is already a two-time Masters champion and a top-10 player.
“He (Jannik Sinner) and Alcaraz are and will be the future of our sport. Jannik does well to look for variations on his game," Fognini said. "He is very strong when he presses you and plays with great pace, but the opponents will understand how to play against him and then it will be hard for him."
Fognini thinks he can stil play well
Fognini competed well against Sinner but the 20-year-old escaped with a 6-2 3-6 6-3 win. "I have good feelings about the match, I have shown that the level is there, once again," Fognini said.
"If this was my last time in Rome? I don't know, I'll decide what to do at the end of the year. The first set slipped away a little too quickly but I was up against an opponent 15 years younger who is playing very well."
Fognini is slowly declining but he has proved this year that he can still make a deep run at an ATP event. In February, Fognini made the Rio de Janeiro semifinal before losing to eventual champion Alcaraz. Last month in Belgrade, Fognini reached the semifinal before he was beaten by eventual champion Andrey Rublev. Recently, Fognini indicated that there is no way he will be playing on the Challenger Tour.