Record 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal insists he has a good relationship with world No. 17 Fabio Fognini and they have gotten over the incident they had on the court several years ago. Nadal, ranked at No. 2 in the world, handed a straight-set defeat to Great Britain's Cameron Norrie to reach the round-of-16 at the Australian Open.
Nadal, seeded at No. 2, plays next against his old-rival Fognini as the two veterans will be battling for a place in the Australian Open quarterfinal. The head-to-head record between Nadal and Fognini stands at 12-4 on the Spaniard's way.
"I have a very good relationship with him," Nadal said, per Ravi Ubha. Of course we had our story on court a couple of years ago, but no problem at all after that, no? I always try to have a good relationship with everybody in the locker room, no? The life is much happier like this, no?"
Fognini knows how to play against Nadal
Fognini, ranked at No.
17 in the world, has managed to win four matches against Nadal. Fognini, who claimed his maiden Masters title at the Monte Carlo Masters in 2020, is now hoping to put on a good performance against Nadal and claim a stun win.
"I'm really looking forward, trying to be ready again for a great match in front of me. I mean, have a really good friend. I have one of the best players in the world," Fognini said of facing Nadal. Fognini beat Alex de Minaur in straight sets to make the round-of-16.
"It's good to in a way have these matches, because I can now sit down and see what I need to improve on. It's a constant, constant journey of improvement, and I'm not satisfied where I am. I want to not come and make third round of a slam and be content about it," de Minaur said.