“He Is a Savage, He Is a Volcano Energy Explosion”: Fabio Fognini Describes Rafael Nadal in His Book



Fabio Fognini, the Italian tennis player has great words for the Spanish legend, Rafael Nadal. Additionally, Fognini has released his new autobiography, where one can find a lot of mentions about Nadal. Besides Nadal, Fognini has also mentioned other players and stars.

In his autobiography My Life Between The Lines, Fognini writes, “Hard to describe how Rafa plays. But if I had to use just one word I would say savage.” He also writes, “He is a volcano energy explosion guided by discipline and method.”

The world number 13 has all praise for the 19-times Grand Slam winner in his book. He mentions, “Nadal plays every point in training as they were Grand Slam championship points. Tennis for him is a very serious business.”

Fabio Fognini

Nadal Had A Really Good Support In the Form Of Toni Nadal – Fabio Fognini

Besides, Fognini also shared about his meeting with Nadal in a very unexpected way. He said, “I met Nadal at the US Open. He was playing the stimulator. I asked him if he wanted to play me on it. He thought I wanted to train with him. That was the first time we ever played.”

However, while Fognini has an only appreciation for the Spaniard legend, he also does not refrain from mentioning the influence of Toni Nadal on Rafael. Additionally, Fognini strongly believes that Toni, who is the uncle and the former coach of Nadal helped Rafael too much in his early stages of the career and thereafter too. 

Toni and Rafael Nadal

Fognini mentions, “Not many know that Toni Nadal was really active during the matches. From his box, he constantly used to talk to Rafa. He used to give him tips, supported him. That is coaching.”

In addition to this, he also mentioned, “Everybody knows, umpires included. But nobody acts because it is the part of the game, as the lines and the net.”

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Apart from Nadal, Fognini regards of Swiss legend Roger Federer as the best player. He mentions, “Roger Federer is the best. I regret defeats to him the least.”


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