Italian men's tennis is experiencing a moment of great health. Fabio Fognini, at 32, crowned the dreams of entering in the top-10 of the ATP Ranking this year, and only two months earlier he had won his first ATP Masters 1000 title in Monte Carlo.
The experience of Fognini, of Andreas Seppi and other Italian veterans such as Simone Bolelli and Paolo Lorenzi, has found continuity with other young players who are achieving excellent results. And if by tradition, Italian men's tennis is historically competitive almost exclusively on clay-courts, 2019 is opening up new horizons for the guys of the Peninsula.
Matteo Berrettini and Lorenzo Sonego were able to win two titles on grass-courts. Berrettini, 23 years-old, entered in the top-20 for the first time in career. Already a winner in Budapest this year (for a total of 3 ATP titles), he won the tournament in Stuttgart and made semi-final in Halle.
He combines physical and technical skills that make him an excellent player both on clay-courts and on grass-courts, and at Wimbledon, he was one of the most fearful outsiders, thanks to his variations and style of play, despite the hard tennis lesson gave by Roger Federer in the fourth round.
Sonego, the winner of the Turkish Airlines Open Antalya, entered in the top-50, and to this, we must also be added the quarter-finals at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. Like Berrettini, Sonego also has tennis that is well suited to both clay-courts and grass-courts. He lost at Wimbledon first round against Marcel Granollers, but we have to say he wasted a lot of energies on Saturday, for the final at the Antalya Open.
At Wimbledon also Fognini expressed good tennis until the bad figure in the third round against Tennys Sandgren. Despite the Ligurian having achieved the best results of his career on clay, I remain convinced that his tennis is perfect for grass-courts, a surface on which, during his career, he never expressed his full potential.
The new generations of Italian men's tennis are finding a game system that adapts to all surfaces, crumbling a clichè that made them competitive only on clay-courts.