Rafael Nadal: 'Fabio Fognini is a good guy, I feel sad for him sometimes'

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Rafael Nadal: 'Fabio Fognini is a good guy, I feel sad for him sometimes'

In a recent press conference, the 17-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal commented on Fabio Fognini's on-court behaviour. The Italian player gets nervous in tough moments during matches, but he is having an amazing 2018 season winning 42 matches.

'I have a great relationship with him', Nadal said. 'But he's a good guy. He's a great player. I cannot be stupid, even if he's a friend of mine, and say sometimes he's not right. When he's having some attitudes on court, throwing the racquet all the time to the floor, he's not right.

The most important thing is if he knows that or if he doesn't know that. Most important thing is if he knows that, he's able to be critical with himself, you have a good chance to improve. But, well, sometimes with not the best attitude ‑ he's No.13 in the world ‑ so that's really amazing.

His talent is so big. His level of tennis is great. He's a good guy. He's a fantastic player. What he has to understand, I know he's a good guy because I know him, but all the fans that are in the crowd saw him doing these things, probably they have a different opinion.

That's negative for him. So if he's able to understand that, he will change that. He has support from the crowd. For me, when I was playing with him in Miami (2014), is not nice when you see the crowd going against another opponent, against my opponent, and I know the opponent is a good person.

If that happens against a bad person, okay, don't care. But he's not like this. He's a good guy. I feel sad sometimes for him because he cannot have the chance to control that situations. But I am sure that he will improve.

He's one of the more dangerous players of the tour. And, by the way, he was unlucky today, because he had the match under control.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title