Fabio Fognini defeated Karen Khachanov in straight sets to reach the Rolex Shanghai Masters quarter-finals. In a press conference the Italian said: "I'm happy. Happy because I was losing to him last week. I was playing really good also.
But I did some mistake at the beginning of the second set, and after he was serving really good and he was pushing the ball really hard. Also today. But I think today I was manage everything better than the last week, so I'm really happy about my performance."
On potentially playing the ATP Finals in London, Fognini added: "It's a dream. Of course is still there. But is the only thing that I'm happy because I find another time my game. I find another time my shot. And I was stopping after New York.
In New York I was feeling really bad and I lost first round. But I'm not thinking about it mostly. I think if I play good, I still have chance. If not, I go home and enjoy family. They are most important thing of my life."
On his next opponent Daniil Medvedev, Fognini concluded: "I think it's the worst player that I can play at the moment, because, well, he change completely in the summer. He was playing -- of course he was great also before, but he make unbelievable change during the U.S.
swing, and he's dangerous. He's really dangerous. I think we play each other sometimes. Now is completely different. Of course he have a lot of -- I mean, I don't know if you call energy like he's really comfortable inside the court. But I'm here, here to try to complicate him, try to take my chance, have the chance. If not, I fly home."