In an interview the Italian Tennis Federation chief Angelo Binaghi commented on Roger Federer saying ealier this year that the lines of the Grandstand were wet during his third round match win over Borna Coric. Novak Djokovic shared similar thoughts as the Serb judged as "crappy" the court condition.
"When you play a tournament over a humid and rainy week, it's normal that you slide", said Binaghi. "Then when a player loses he always looks for excuses: either you slide, either it's fault of the court or it's lines.
I want to congratulate Fabio Fognini because he understood he made a mistake and he looked back." Asked if Federer withdrew in order to save energies ahead of the French Open, Binaghi replied: "It's normal that at his age he has some setbacks after playing two consecutive matches"
Fabio Fognini, analyzing his win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, had said: "his first round against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Fognini added: "I would have loved to face someone else. We trained together in Marrakech, then he withdrew i.
Monte Carlo and he did not play until now. It will be a complicated match with an opponent who was on the top ten rankings, an experienced guy. But I think he is not happy to have me in the first round either. He knows I am Dangerous, especially now that I am calmer.
I feel well, then from here to win the French Open you need to stay feet grounded because speaking about it is ridiculous and it depends on many factors like the draw. Now everyone plays well, in Madrid I faced Kyle Edmund in the first round and Tsonga here. Starting as a favorite with Djokovic, Nadal, Federer and Thiem would be exaggerated."