Fognini reveals favourite tennis player – “If I have to buy a ticket, I buy it to watch Roger play”

Former world No. 9 Fabio Fognini revealed his favourite tennis player, saying it was a certain Swiss icon.

That someone is Roger Federer. The 20-time Grand Slam winner is one of the most successful tennis players to have ever graced the court. A record-breaker, an elite player and a legend of the game, he is one of the faces of the Open Era.

However, recent years have seen the player slow down and remain on the sidelines. He has been riddled with injuries and setbacks for a while now, and only played five tournaments in 2021 before undergoing a knee surgery.

Nevertheless, Fognini revealed his favourite tennis player, saying it was without a doubt the great Federer.

“No offense to (Novak) Djokovic and (Rafael) Nadal, but I am a Federer fan,” Fognini told Gazzetta, as quoted by Tennis World USA.

“If I have to buy a ticket, I buy it to watch Roger play.”

Fabio Fognini: If I have to buy a ticket, I buy it to watch Roger Federer
Fognini (left) with Federer (right). Source: tennisworldusa.org

Another legend

Fognini also heaped praise on Rafael Nadal, and revealed his admiration for the stunning way in which he won his 21st Grand Slam at the Australian Open.

“He is an incredible fighter,” he said of the Spaniard.

“It is difficult to find the words to describe what he has done, these are feats that only the greatest champions can accomplish.

“He is very competitive, he has shown it over the years. But here, if Rafa wants to, he will also win Paris and score 22.”

Fognini did not have a good Australian Open himself. Having made the Sydney Round of 16 in his first tournament of the season, he ended up losing to Tallon Griekspoor in the first round of the tournament.

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