Fabio Fognini was proud with his straight-set win over Rafael Nadal in the Monte Carlo Masters semifinals. In press conference the Italian player said: "With Rafa, it's always difficult. You know, I was telling him yesterday that I was knowing that I have the game to play against him.
Sometimes I won few matches. One crazy one in US Open and two times on clay. So I was knowing that I have nothing to lose, because, of course, especially when you go with him on clay, I mean, it's always really tough. But I think the beginning was a little bit strange, because I was starting break up, then break again, then 2-1 for him, break again.
I have this discussion with the chair umpire that I think he made bad decision, bad call. He gave me warning for nothing (smiling). And after that, I say, Okay, I mean, I'm here, 3-1. Start to breathe. I know that it's difficult sometimes for me.
And after that I was playing really good. I made everything really good. You know, just happy the way I was playing." Asked if he felt something was wrong with Nadal, Fognini replied: "I don't know. That's not the question that I have to answer.
You should ask him. I just say that I played incredible match. Of course was really tough to play, because was, I think, I don't know, was cold, was windy. It was really tough to play, but we have that condition. I mean, if we can talk, we can talk about the condition, we can talk that he was playing bad, I would talk that whatever you want, but I don't care."