Fabio Fognini is having the best season in his career as he won his maiden Masters 1000 title earlier this year in Monte Carlo and he reached other two quarter-finals, in Montreal and Shanghai respectively losing to Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev.
Fognini was praised by the Italian legend Lea Pericoli, who - speaking to Sky Sport on Saturday - said that the marriage with the 2015 US Open winner Flavia Pennetta helped the Arma di Taggia native to improve mentally. "He is more mature.
He is very talented and no one doubted about his skills ever. He can reach the ATP Finals in London if he keeps playing well", said Pericoli on the 32-year-old who is 11th on the ATP Race. On why he was laughing at some point speaking with the umpire during his third round match in Shanghai against Karen Khachanov, Fognini said: "You know, I just say to her that I'm happy.
I don't know what to say. If you want to tell me something, I can tell you nothing more than that. I always laughing, I always probably complaining, yes, but that's part of my job. I going to make my job best as I can, and if it's not going in the perfect way, I'm not happy. I think also you did the same. Maybe we have two different character, but in two different ways."