The victory at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters changed Fabio Fognini's career, giving to the Italian men's tennis an important title that had been missing for too long time. But, analyzing his season, we can see how the victory in Monte Carlo was basically just an illusion.
A perfect week during which he beat opponents like Alexander Zverev and Rafael Nadal. If we see his performances during the rest of the season, we can see that in the other tournaments he didn't go beyond the quarter-finals.
Playing pretty well at the Australian Open (Round Three), French Open (round four) and Wimbledon (third round), and bad at the US Open, where he was eliminated in the first round. In this season he has also achieved his best ranking - at the ninth position, ed.
- but he didn't follow up on the great matches he played at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. The quarter-finals at the Rogers Cup and at the Shanghai Rolex Masters are good results, but honestly, after Monte Carlo I would have expected some other important milestone, talking about victories and placements.
This is Fognini: like or dislike, he has always alternated crazy performances with sensational defeats. The most positive aspect of his year, in addition to the victory of his first ATP Masters 1000, was a certain regularity, but in general other victories were missing after Monte Carlo.
He would have had a chance to qualify for the ATP Finals in London but he failed in this historic goal. Considering also 2018, the year in which he played four finals, he seems generally a more mature, patient and less restless player, but the general feeling is that after the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters he didn't push the accelerator, stopped by the satisfaction of having achieved such a prestigious result.
This year, however, may be important for the experiences and maturity he has found on the court, in order to come back on the court next season to reach the goals he has as a target.