The land of the Principality gives Fabio Fognini a minimum of tranquility. In a sport made up almost purely of sensations it is not even a coincidence. The very champion twenty-nineteen edition - at the first lacing of shoes on red in Europe after the 4-2 in South America - between predictable ups and downs knocks down Arthur Renderknech's resistance to the threshold of two hours and thirty of play and at least detaches a pass for the second round for the ninth time in his career.
The 7-5 4-6 6-3 final is emblematic: the challenge with Stefanos Tsitsipas, who did not approach the first segment of the season in a 'perfect' way, is less closed than what the ranking says. The game, trivially, is played on very few points.
The blue player recovers a break from a disadvantage on two occasions during the inaugural fraction - before breaking the balance at the foot of the jeu decisif - but still fails to remedy a false start in the second. Even if in reality at 2-3 he gets five chances to get back on track.
It all happens between the fourth and sixth game in the deciding set. 'Fogna' survives the triptych break-controbreak-break with ringworm, hoists himself on 5-2 with authority and called to serve for the match condenses the vast majority of attentions.
Rejected the attempt of Rinderknech (who faces 15-40 among other things) at the first useful opportunity the Taggiasco talent closes on 7-5 4-6 6-3 and reaches at least the second round. Rafael Nadal (21) leads Federer (20) and Djokovic (20) on the all-time Slam leaderboard following his triumph at the 2022 Australian Open.
Rafa Nadal won 21 Grand Slam titles
Acclaimed tennis coach Gabriel Jaramillo has hailed the Big 3 of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic for their stellar accomplishments and longevity. "Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, for the tennis they play and the number of years they have been competing," Jaramillo said.
The renowned coach stated that Djokovic was the "most complete of the three." He also said that Rafael Nadal's physical style of play, which has yielded a staggering 13 Roland Garros titles, makes him prone to breakdowns.
"Nadal is a much more physical player; he wears out more; there will come a day when the body no longer responds to him," he said. "Then there is Federer, who makes everything easy and plays more beautiful than anyone, but I would say that Novak is the most complete of the three."