“He is Tennis”: Fabio Fognini Reveals His Eternal Admiration for Roger Federer

Published 01/22/2021, 9:00 AM EST
Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a backhand during his Men’s Singles Quarterfinal match against Tennys Sandgren of the United States on day nine of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mike Owen/Getty Images)


In the wide world of tennis, Roger Federer stands above all. While his grace on a tennis court remains unchallenged, his charming personality of the court makes him everyone’s favorite. The list of the 39-year-old’s fans even includes fellow tennis players.

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Recently, the Italian force Fabio Fognini, a Federer fan, revealed his admiration for the 20-time Grand Slams champion. In addition to that, the 33-year-old also expressed his desire to see the Swiss maestro in action.

The duo’s first meeting took place at the 2007 Canada Masters; after that, they faced one other only three more times. Among the four encounters, Fognini failed every time but inevitably became a Federer fan.

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Fabio confesses that he’s a huge Roger Federer fan

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – APRIL 18: Fabio Fognini of Italy celebrates match point against Alexander Zverev of Germany in their third-round match during day five of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters at Monte-Carlo Country Club on April 18, 2019, in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Presently, the 2019 Monte-Carlo Masters winner is in quarantine at the Australian Open 2021 bubble. Similar to many tennis fans around the globe, he too wants the Swiss World No. 5 return.

“I would like to see Roger again because I am really a huge fan of him,” Fabio said. “I really enjoy him playing, because, sorry to tell you guys, but he is the tennis.” The ATP Tour shared the video of Fabio on their Twitter account.

Comparing the Basel-born to tennis itself shows what Federer means to the sport. Despite having lost all matches against him, the Italian World No. 17 considers him the best.

But since Roger will not take part in the Australian Open 2021, fans will have to wait for more. It has been almost a year since the Swiss maestro played his last match.

Federer’s return slipping out of the dark clouds

Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts during his Men’s Singles first-round match against Steve Johnson of the United States on day one of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2020, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)

Closing in on 40, the 103 ATP titles winner is still very much positive of making a comeback. Although he had committed to start in Australia, the return has been pushed forward now.

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Federer was looking forward to adding the Olympic Gold medal to his illustrated career. Given the coronavirus scare, the dream seems close to fading away.

In recent news from the Rotterdam tournament director, Federer’s comeback showed great hope. But as of now, there has been no news from him. Moreover, when the Swiss maestro will be ready, he will not waste a moment in letting his fans know.

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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