Roger Federer: 'Fabio Fognini shows we are humans'


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Roger Federer: 'Fabio Fognini shows we are humans'

Fabio Fognini is going through a very important time in his career. The Italian player is world No. 14 and one place away from equalling his career-high ranking at No. 13 that he got in 2013. Fognini reached his maiden Masters 1000 hard-court semifinals last year in Miami, and this year he reached both Australian and French Open fourth round.

Still, sometimes he is nervous and gets upset by lower-ranked players. Roger Federer believes that it's not that Fognini doesn't care, because everyone is giving his best on Tour. 'We see it too rarely on the tour nowadays because now the game has become extremely professional', the Swiss said.

'Seeing players who seem not to care about anything is something that doesn't exist anymore. I believe it shows we are humans. I can relate to him, and I believe it shows we are not machines.' 'I believe having a strong personality is not the problem', Federer added.

'The rules are more severe. You throw your racquet or you say a word you shouldn't say, you get a fine. But this doesn't mean that if you don't do that you have no personality. More personality is your capacity to concentrate because, after all, the show is the tennis shots, not the discussions with the umpire.

And with Hawk‑Eye, it's almost absolute. There's no more discussions with the umpire. When I started playing, there was a lot of communication between the player and the umpire that no longer exists today. So you can have a strong personality and keep focused.' ALSO READ: Roger Federer fumes at Cincinnati Masters umpire: 'Just say: "I am sorry"