Fabio Fognini often described Jose Perlas as a second father to him. The Italian worked with the Spanish coach from 2011 to 2016 bringing him to win his maiden career-title. What can Fabio eye at now? People are already speaking about possibly cracking the top ten rankings and winning a Grand Slam.
"The same thing always happens", Perlas told Tennis World USA. "I remember after beating Andy Murray in the 2014 Davis Cup, in Italy they spoke of the top five, and all this does not exist, only media care about it.
Every day there is a difficulty but if he manages to work and be focused, without listening to the external people, there is no limit for him. The pressure exists in any job." Perlas believes the Fognini's Monte Carlo success was also given by the work they did together: "It's all a learning process.
Before working with me he was winning Challengers, then with me, he won some ATP titles, he was reaching the quarter-finals, semifinals and now he has won a Masters 1000." And instead what's Dusan Lajovic's potential? "We will see it when we finish it.
When we started he was No. 130, now No. 23, which is his career-high ranking." How much of an emotional day the Monte Carlo Masters final was? "It was particular. I knew that to beat him he had to take advantage of a bad day by Fabio.
It would have been an impossible mission. For me, whether Fognini or Lajovic won, it was good." Is Rafael Nadal the man to beat in the French Open? And what about Roger Federer? "It depends on how they head into the late stage of the tournament. They are two players who do not depend on their qualities but at 80 percent by their physical shape."