I haven’t written in a long time but I thought that I would do so, casually. I wanted to also write prior to the match up today between Nadal and Fognini. Fabio beat Nadal, fairly comfortably 6-4, 6-2.
When I even saw the draw, and the possibility that there would be a match up between the two, I said… “oh boy.. poor Nadal”. Fabio is likely by far the darkest horse for Nadal, the player that he likely makes him feel very uncomfortable.
Overall, I am a big Fabio fan. He is an extremely casual player and can turn on the Fabio switch, being down 6-0, 5-0, 0-40 and still win the match. He is the only, I repeat only, player in history to beat Nadal being down 2 sets to love, at a grand slam, night session, being the underdog.
I was also a little shock about Medvedev losing to Lajovic, he was my heavy favourite for that match-up, but all credit to Dusan.
For tomorrow’s final, between Fabio and Dusan, I think that Fabio will take care of business. He is in his first masters 1000 final. He also lives about 30 minutes away from the club and he says it almost feels like home to him.