Fabio Fognini gave himself another match at the US Open, of a very important importance and certainly greater than the debut. The Italian, two sets down against Aslan Karatsev, found the energy to react and win the match in the decisive fifth set.
A success that gave him a lot of morale, a fundamental ingredient to face the next cross against Rafael Nadal. Fognini told about the win and challenge against Rafa: "I'm happy, a two-sided game but despite everything I managed to win it.
It's always nice and I'm happy to have given myself another opportunity to play here in New York in the coming days. It will be very nice, even if the last two years have been quite disappointing, because the results have not arrived and as a result I have won few challenges going down in the world ranking, I see this as a reward to myself."
Fabio Fognini against Rafael Nadal: "I'll try"
Then he added: "These are the races that still keep me alive, also because I undoubtedly like to play. Having a match against him will be complicated, maybe one or two players can start favorites at the moment.
I'm happy to be able to understand what my level is and also his. I will try to fight as best I can. The stats are meant to be knocked down, I don't know if he was the first or the second to beat him in a Grand Slam tournament with two halves behind.
Obviously, having done it on that magical night in New York was something that still remained etched in my mind and in many Italians. It will be an uphill battle, I'll try to play my cards right and complicate his game a bit.
I know him very well, I have won a few times and lost on many occasions. In the end I'm happy and unhappy to face him. " Nadal told: "Difficult game. Fabio won a good challenge on his debut. We are in a Grand Slam and therefore every match hides pitfalls and is complicated.
The whole world plays tennis well, I always have to improve my level and play well. to have a chance of victory against him. We'll see how it goes. "