- San Remo, Italy
- Arma di Taggia, Italy
- 5’10” (178 cm)
- 163 lbs (74 kg)
Italy’s Fabio Fognini was born in San Remo on 24 May 1987. He broke into the ATP top 100 (no.94) in 2007, four years after turning pro. He maintained his good form in 2008 and finished the season as Italy’s second best tennis player, just behind Seppi.
He enjoyed the best season of his career in 2009, recording 20 victories and reaching the quarterfinals in six tournaments, including Monte Carlo (where Cilic knocked him out) and the Roland Garros. He also got to the semi-finals in Stuttgart.
In 2010 he got to the third round in the Roland Garros (beating local favourite Monfils in five sets before falling to Wawrinka) and to the same stage in Wimbledon, a Grand Slam where he eliminated Fernando Verdasco, the tournament’s ninth seed.
Although his greatest achievement in a Grand Slam came in the Roland Garros of 2011, when he reached the quarter-finals, he was not able to play the match due to an injury he picked up while defeating Spain’s Albert Montañés in the previous round.
To date he is yet to win an ATP singles title, although he was crowned champion in Umag in 2011 along with his partner, Simone Bolleli, in the mixed doubles event.