'The good thing has been to compete against Federer, Nadal, Djokovic', says star

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'The good thing has been to compete against Federer, Nadal, Djokovic', says star

During his career Fabio Fognini has taken away various satisfactions and has reached a level of great prestige. He reached the Top Ten and won a Masters 1000, right here in Monte Carlo two years ago, achieved excellent results and defeated on clay a legend on this surface like Rafael Nadal.

At the same time, however, among his fans there has always been the doubt that the Ligurian could have done more and perhaps achieved even more surprising results. Currently Fognini is busy in Monte Carlo, today rain permitting he should play against the Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic, and he aims to defend the title, playing the best possible tournament.

The blue also participates in the doubles tournament where he won a nice victory in the first round of the tournament, paired with the Top ten and talented Argentine Diego Schwartzman. Fabio Fognini recently opined that playing at the same time as the Big 3 - Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer - comes with its own advantages and disadvantages.

Fabio Fognini on facing the Big 3

"Young players will be very lucky to one day play without these three - Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic - that I have had all the way," Fabio Fognini said. "When I reached the second week of a Slam, I was already happy, as if it were a semifinal or a final, because from then on it was your turn to (face) one of them, or Murray, Del Potro or Wawrinka."

At the same time, he lamented how difficult it has been to break through in the big events with them always around. "The good thing has been to compete against them and play with the best in history," Fognini said.

"The bad (side), is that to do something good, incredible things had to happen." The Italian also talked about the difficulties of living in bubbles at tournaments: "It seems very hard to me, I don't like it," Fognini said.

"On the one hand, we are lucky to play, although we did not win (a lot of) money due to the reduction of prize money because of the absence of fans. In the bubble, we are locked in with many rules. Let's see if the doors open a little more and we, the players, are more alive so as not to complicate our lives."

Seeded No. 15 in Monte Carlo this week, Fabio Fognini could have to contend with Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal once again if he aims to defend his title.