Fabio Fognini is, for the recent history of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, the last player who has been able to beat Rafael Nadal at the Real Club Tenis Barcelona, on the court that precisely bears the name of the extraordinary Manacor tennis player. The Italian achieved that feat in the Round of 16 of the 2015. A 6-4, 7-6 was the result that over time has been gaining significance for Nadal's absolute domination.
It is not in the Barcelona tournament in which this 31-year-old tennis player born in Sanremo has achieved his best triumphs, but he is one of the most appreciated, not in vain Fognini is a member of the Real Club Tenis Barcelona and has resided for several years in the Catalan capital.
To date he has managed to raise eight trophies, the last three (Los Cabos, Bastad and Sao Paulo) in the last campaign, in which he returned to the international elite to occupy the 13th place in the world ranking in September 2018, the best in his career.
A specialist on clay and a very fearsome enemy for any of his colleagues in the circuit, the disciple of Franco Davin has earned his record on that surface (seven of those eight titles he has won are on clay). At the end of 2018 he was about to become the first Italian player in history to win in four tournaments in the same season, but in the Chengdou final he lost to the Australian Bernard Tomic.
Fognini returns this year to the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell after missing three seasons. His best results have been the quarterfinals of 2015 and 2016. In his seven participations, the Spaniards have been his main obstacles since he was defeated first by Nicolás Almagro (2007) and then by Daniel Gimeno, Pablo Andújar and Nadal.
Fognini, who is married to Flavia Pennetta, the 2015 US Open champion, was born in Sanremo on May 24, 1987. He started in tennis at age 4. In the circuit he is known as "Fogna".