Rafael Nadal: Fognini Has Amazing Talent, He Can Hit Winners From Every Part Of The Court
by Tom Gainey | March 25th, 2014, 10:56 am
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Rafael Nadal is racing toward a first Sony Open Miami title. The World No. 1 has looked dominant in two matches easily beating Lleyton Hewitt 61, 63 in the first round and then yesterday he hammered Denis Istomin 61, 60.

“No mistakes, serving with good percentage, and playing a lot of winners,” Nadal said yesterday. “My movements were better than what I did last event events.”

Rafa’s win sets up a fourth round clash today with Fabio Fognini. Nadal leads the flashy Italian 3-0 winning all three last year. Even so, Rafa is cautious ahead of the meeting.

“He’s an opponent, very uncomfortable opponent,” Nadal said. “He’s an opponent that is playing great. He has an amazing talent. Great forehand, great backhand, especially the forehand, but he’s able to hit winners from every part of the court.

“So he’s an opponent sometimes that can be unpredictable, and is difficult to play against these kind of players ‑ especially when they are playing well and Fognini is playing well.”

Nadal is a 3-time finalist in Miami – 2005 (l. to Federer), 2008 (l. to Davydenko) and 2011 (l. to Djokovic).

Fognini is 3-28 lifetime against top 10 opponents and 0-2 this year. His last top 10 win came in Monte Carlo last year when he posted back-to-back wins over No. 6 Berdych and No. 9 Gasquet.


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26 Comments for Rafael Nadal: Fognini Has Amazing Talent, He Can Hit Winners From Every Part Of The Court

Humble Rafa Says:

Healthy Humble, winning Humble.


Giles Says:

Vamos Champ!
Stay Healthy!


skeezer Says:

“He’s an opponent that is playing great. He has an amazing talent. Great forehand, great backhand, especially the forehand, but he’s able to hit winners from every part of the court.”
Rafa playing PokerStars here. Fognini is a talent, I guess, compared to whom? You can always count on him going mental at times. As an example against the top 10 in pressure points he is
3-28.


Okiegal Says:

Fabio and Rafa have one thing in common…..Rafa picks his butt and Fogi shows his! LOL

Vamos Rafa from your #1 fan in Oklahoma……you da man!!!


skeezer Says:

Major battle going on between Ferrer and Kei atm. On serve in the 3rd.


TGIT Says:

Hello #4 Mr. Federer.


xmike Says:

ferrer lost in over 3 hours, after having match points, federer will be back on the top 4 by monday, no matter what happens now, hopefully we still be there or better when French Open comes


skeezer Says:

Kei played huge against a very experienced player in Ferrer. Well done in a very tight match.

Fed now jumps from a low of #8 to #4 in less than a month. Ya Mon!!


James Says:

Kei saved 4 MPs to win a 3 hour close match against Ferrer. He won 11-9 in deciding TB. Huge win for him.


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal lol at your post@1.15pm,vamos Rafa from your number 1 fan in Hunstanton Norfolk.


Hippy Chic Says:

Pleased for Kei even though i like Daveed,and what a result for Alex against Stan,these up and coming young players are really giving the elite players and veterans of the tour something to think about.


metan Says:

Sweet winning for Kei!


Okiegal Says:

@Chic

Glad you posted where you live, I have wondered. I’m going to Google earth and see what your town looks like!

VAMOS RAFA……….keep winning!!


Thomas Says:

He’s also an opponent that can hit errors from any part of the court!


Humble Rafa Says:

There is also a player who can shank his backhand anywhere on court.


skeezer Says:

^And there is also a player that can pick his butt from anywhere on the court.


skeezer Says:

As predicted, Fognini goes in a “Fog”. Makes Rafa look like a Tennis God.


metan Says:

A great winning for Rafa. 62 62πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„


metan Says:

A great winning for Rafa. 62 62πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„


metan Says:

Roger is #4. Yay!!!!! We get back to our normal big four, except for Andy he needs to work extra hard to go up in ranking position. If that’s happened, we will have block buster semifinal and final. Come on Andy!!!!

Wawa got the curse of beating no 2 and no. 1 in major. He will not have master tittles. Look at JMP case, after winning. USO he hardly wins any big titles.


Hippy Chic Says:

I do love Fabio,but i wasnt impressed with some of the things he did last night,the tantrums with the rackets,and i know your disapointed Fabio but ignoring all those little kids waiting for autographs wasnt good,and what happened to the passion and fire you had when you beat RBA in the previous round,im a Rafa fan but seriously im a tennis fan 1st,and you looked like you didnt care or want to be there?


Okiegal Says:

@Chic

I couldn’t believe how he played last night…….or didn’t play. He is better than that. He acted like he was playing poorly on purpose. One time between points he winced and pressed on his back. I wondered if had a niggle somewhere. That match wasn’t even a good practice session for Rafa! Anxious for the next one!!

What happened with Stan?? That was a shocker!


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal yeah from Fabios body language right from the start looked like he didnt want to even be there,a look of resignation right from the start,at least Dennis Istomin even though he was totally out classed showed some heart and looked like he cared.


Hippy Chic Says:

As regards Stan he hasnt really played well since he won the AO,but Alex is good form at the moment,and is troubling the very best,same with Kei against Daveed,these younglings are really starting to make some noise on the ATP tour this year,i would put those two as possible GS champions for the future.


Hippy Chic Says:

I hope Andy can give a good acount of himself against Novak,he looks like hes finally regaining some form,i would favour Nole at the moment on this one,although i hope im wrong,im itching for a Rafa/Andy final at some point this year.


moam Says:

Rafa did not understate Fognini’s abilities. He is a remarkably talented player. If he ever can transfer his clay-court form to hard courts, look out.
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