Originally written on Tennis Panorama  |  Last updated 11/9/14

WIMBLEDON – Roger Federer mentioned that he had practiced with Fabio Fognini, when the Italian was a junior. Federer said that it’s pretty common to hit with juniors during the second week of the grand slams. He thought Fognini was a good player and he was happy to see he him on the tour.

On Wednesday, they met on the second round at Wimbledon, and Federer 6-1, 6-3, 6-2. Fognini didn’t seem comfortable serving at 0-1 in the first set, where he lost the game, hitting a forehand long, thus, getting himself in a place where no one wants to be against a top player. Down a break right in the beginning of the set. This means more pressure to catch up, consequently more errors will follow. Serving at. 2-0 Federer started varying his game, coming to the net, stretching out for balls in all directions, right, left, up for lobs, down for very low slice shots. Federer continued to show his magic on Centre Court for the rest of the match.

Fognini didn’t play Wimbledon 2011 because of a left thigh injury that he sustained at 2011 Roland Garros. His best results were reaching the third round in 2010, losing to Julien Benneteau. He defeated Michael Llodra in the first round at Wimbledon on Monday. It was good win for Fognini, considering Llodra is a dangerous player in grass due to his serve and volley game style.

Federer spoke about the match: “I thought he tried hard, to be quite honest.  Obviously grass court, it’s hard to get into the match when you’re down.  I was serving well.  You’re not going to get many chances throughout a set maybe against me when I’m serving well like that and able to vary with my serve.

“So obviously it’s frustrating and you’re trying, but even as hard as you try, sometimes you don’t really get into it, right?  That’s grass‑court tennis.

“You have to be extremely patient and really focus on your own service games, focus on what you can control.  I guess maybe this is where maybe a little bit ‑‑ I don’t consider him a clay‑court player, but on clay, if you do play well, you will get your chances; whereas on grass it’s not automatically the case.


“He was down in the score quickly.  After that things get a bit complicated.  I didn’t think it was that easy of a match maybe.  Really tried to focus hard and made sure I played sort of a clean match, which I was able to do again today.”
Fognini is ranked No. 68 in the world and is yet to win an ATP singles title.

Lucia Hoffman for Tennis Panorama News at Wimbledon

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