“He Crushes You”: Fabio Fognini Has High Praise For Novak Djokovic in His Autobiography

Published 09/20/2020, 7:57 AM EDT
Novak Djokovic in action at the Italian Open 2020 via REUTERS/Angelo Carconi


Italian tennis player Fabio Fognini recently published his autobiography ‘Warning: My life among the lines.’ In the book, he revealed many things, including his friendship with the Serbian legend Novak Djokovic. Fognini extensively wrote about how difficult it is to face the World no.1 and how Djokovic, despite all the odds, maintains his composure throughout the match.

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“Djokovic is tough. When you face him he crushes you. His rhythm is strong that you can’t think,” wrote the 33-year-old Fognini in his book.

The two have faced each other 9 times with Djokovic defeating Fognini on 8 occasions.

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Interestingly, they have also played as a pair in doubles. The last time the pair was together, they managed to reach the semi-finals of Indian Wells 2019. In the semis, the pair lost to Marcelo Melo and Lukasz Kubot 6-7, 6-2, and 6-10.

“The fact that Djokovic is not only a player but also a friend makes everything more difficult. My best matches with him are the ones we were side by side in Doubles,” the Italian revealed in his book.

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‘He has victory in his eyes’- Fognini on Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic celebrates his victory at the quarters of the Italian Open 2020. via REUTERS/Riccardo Antimiani

Fognini was all in praise for his teammate, friend, and 17-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic. He addressed him as ‘Plastic Man’, a nickname used by many Djokovic fans because of his flexibility and agility. The 33-year-old went a step ahead and wrote that his determination is exemplary and the reason why he is the No.1 player.

“Djokovic, called Plastic man, by many for his ability to bend like he was made out of rubber, he has victory in his eyes and the world n.1 determination,” Fognini wrote.

Novak Djokovic is currently playing at the Italian Open 2020. He is due to face Casper Ruud at the semi-finals of the tournament.

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The Serbian legend got disqualified from the US Open 2020 in an unfortunate manner. To get over that failure, he is working even harder and will aim for his fifth Italian Open title.

On the other hand, Fabio Fognini got eliminated from both singles and doubles at Round 2 of the Italian Open 2020. He is currently a part of the men’s doubles at the German Open 2020 with partner Henri Kontinen. They will face the duo of John Peers and Michael Venus in the Round of 16 of the tournament.

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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