Fabio Fognini defeated Borna Coric in three sets, 1-6 6-3 6-2, to reach the Monte Carlo Masters semifinals. In a press conference the Italian, who was heading into the Monte Carlo Masters having lost seven of the previous eight matches played, said: "I hope that the bad time is behind me.
I was a bit lucky but I take everything. He helped me in the second set playing bad, then in the third set i was above of him. I am playing well. I could not imagine that I would reach the semifinals after almost losing to Andrey Rublev in the first round.
Staying there paid off. Today I called the physioterapist because the elbow hurt me more than the last two or three previous days because of the climate I think. It was more humid and colder" On the next match against Rafael Nadal, Fognini added: "It's pretty late, I will try to recover and do my best.
What can I do against him? I should kill him! Tomorrow I have nothing to lose, i like to play this kind of matches. I lost to him more than I won but I think I have the game to hurt him and I know he knows that I can make him struggle.
Today he did not play very well but tomorrow is another day. I have to keep a high level for the entire match. I hope that it will not be like my 2013 semifinal against Novak Djokovic here. I also hope that the entire crowd will be on my side.
This tournament is like home for me, more than Rome. I am happy for my relatives and friends who came here this week, but especially for me."