Italy's Fabio Fognini, 31, is happy to see fellow Italians Matteo Berrettini and Jannik Sinner doing well on the Tour as he hopes they will fully unlock their potential and become big stars one day. "They are both younger than me and have a great career ahead of them.
The more Italians there are at the top, the better," Fognini told Sky Sport 24, as revealed on We Love Tennis France. "Matteo exploded last year and he finished incredibly with the Masters. Sinner hasn't done anything yet.
I hope we will leave him alone because in Italy, we tend to get carried away very quickly even before some achieves great results. He's a good guy and he's got a bright future, but don't put too much pressure on him."
Berrettini, 24, won his maiden ATP title in Gstaad two years ago, before he added more two titles to his name last year and achieved a career-high ranking of No. 8 in the world. The 24-year-old also enjoyed success on the biggest stage as he made his maiden Grand Slam semifinal at the US Open, before losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal.
A month later, Berrettini made back-to-back semifinals at the Shanhhai Masters and an ATP 500 event in Vienna. Sinner, 18, won it all in his first appearance at the Next Gen ATP Finals last year, before he achieved a career-high ranking of No.
68 in the world this past February. The 18-year-old also made his maiden ATP semifinal in Antwerp last year, before losing to three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka.