When, in November 2016, Fabio Fognini announced his new working relationship with the Argentinean coach Franco Davin, the Italian had said he wanted a long-term plan. Probably a few people expected a split after just three years, since Fognini had previously worked with Jose Perlas from 2011 to 2016 and he could have done the same with Davin.
Earlier last year in Rome, Tennis World USA had a long interview with Davin, who had spoken highly of Fognini, saying they always agreed on the tactics and they never argued with each other. As a matter of fact, as reported by the journalist Sebastian Torok, they are set to split at the end of the year despite a very good relationship.
They just understood that Fognini achieved his full potential by winning his maiden Masters 1000 title in Monte Carlo and so he needs a new voice. Davin helped two players win a Grand Slam title, Juan Martin del Potro at the 2009 US Open and before that, Guillermo Coria at the 2004 French Open.
Fognini won five titles out of nine in career with Davin, and he achieved a career-high ranking at No. 9 this year, which says a lot about their work. Last year, Davin rejected two offers from top players as he wanted to keep working with the 32-year-old, but with some differences: unlike 2017 and 2018, in some tournaments - especially the European ones - Italy's Davis Cup team captain Corrado Barazzutti followed Fognini. During those weeks, Davin came back to Miami, where he lives, to coach younger guys.