Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic is enjoying playing doubles with Italy's Fabio Fognini at the BNP Paribas Open. Djokovic and Fognini are having a great doubles debut team debut as they have reached the Indian Wells Masters quarter-final.
The Serb spoke highly of Fognini after their round-of-16 match as he claimed the Italian is "one of the funniest guys on the tour " Djokovic and Fognini edged out Indian Rohan Bopanna and rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov on Sunday 6-4 1-6 10-8.
Djokovic and Fognini were down 4-1 after the opening five games of the first set but then won five games in a row to steal the opener. However, Bopanna and Shapovalov kept their focus as they broke twice at the beginning of the second set to take an uncatchable 5-0 lead.
Yet, Bopanna and Shapovalov fell short of making a comeback as Djokovic and Fognini converted their second match point in the match tie-break to claim the win. "Fabio is one of the funniest guys on the tour. We smile a lot on the court.
The second set there was not much smiling actually," Djokovic said of playing with Fognini during his on-court interview. Fognini is a Grand Slam men's doubles champion as he and fellow compatriot Simone Bolelli won it all at the Australian Open in 2015.
When the interview acknowledged that Fabio is a Grand Slam champion and that probably carried them through today, the Italian jokingly said to his Serbian partner: "Remember that, Nole. Understand." Djokovic and Fognini will play next against either Henri Kontinen and John Peers or Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau.