Zverev to be No. 1 after Nadal, Federer, Djokovic retirement - Fognini

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Zverev to be No. 1 after Nadal, Federer, Djokovic retirement - Fognini

Fabio Fognini defeated Roberto Bautista Agut in four sets to reach the fourth round and book a clash against Alexander Zverev. In a press conference, the Italian said: "I'm tired at the moment, but I think it's normal.

Now, I mean, I feel some pain, of course, but I hope that it's nothing serious. I have more than one day to recover. I will try to recover as best I can." On the success of Italian tennis, Fognini added: "We have few junior that are growing up, hopefully fast, because -- one is Musetti.

The other one is Sinner. And hopefully they going to be here as soon as they can. But I think you have to do step by step, of course. And I think they have high level to play Challenger at the moment, to win a Challenger, because one of them won a Challenger.

And, you know, I think in every step is important for their career. Hopefully I wish them to growing up faster, but -- and that's it. But, you know, I think also that it's really tough, the career, I mean, with a lot of up and down.

So they have to be ready. That's the first thing." On his next opponent Alexander Zverev, Fognini concluded: "He is world No. 5 and when Nadal, Djokovic and Federer will not be there anymore, he is the potential No.

1. I will have to use his weaknesses, on clay he is less tougher than he is on hard. I will try to prepare this match at my best."