‘Will I ever change? No, I gonna stay like this 110 per cent’


In any rogue’s gallery of untamed and wacky tennis gamers, Nick Kyrgios is assured to say headline standing. However arising on his shoulder is one other man who combines doubtful self-control with a mercurial expertise. And Fabio Fognini, proper now, is doing significantly extra harm on the court docket.
This week’s Rome Masters will discover Fognini returning to an adoring public for the primary time since his profession burst into bloom in Monte Carlo three weeks in the past. 13 years after his first Masters match, Fognini out of the blue got here good, beating each world No. 3 Alexander Zverev and defending champion Rafael Nadal on his option to the title.
For the remainder of the locker-room, who had written Fognini off as a gifted eccentric with a knack for self-sabotage, this was an alarming second. What may the little magician obtain if he received his head straight?
In Madrid final week, the Sunday Telegraph tried to search out out. The interview started with Fognini stretched out languidly over a settee on the Caja Magica, fidgeting with the collar of his shiny Armani tracksuit. “You prefer it?” he requested. “We did a deal, the beginning of this 12 months. I’m Italian. In fact I really like garments.” 

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