The Ligurian, 36 years old, dominates the derby with Lorenzo Sonego in the quarterfinals and returns to the field today against the Frenchman
Fabio Fognini in the semifinals at the ATP tournament in Metz. The Ligurian, 36 years old, dominates the derby in the quarterfinals with Lorenzo Sonego (6-1, 6-2 in 1h16′) and today returns to the field against the Frenchman Hugo Humbert for the match – live on TV and streaming – which is worth a place in the final. Fognini, number 130 in the ATP ranking, challenges the Frenchman, number 23 in the ranking. On paper, the tennis player from Arma di Taggia has little chance against Humbert. Fognini, however, is playing his best tennis of the season. In Metz, on indoor hard courts, he also demonstrated top physical condition. In the first round he beat the Brazilian Thiago Seyboth Wild in 2 sets decided by tie-break.
In the second round, another show of strength against the Kazakh Alex Bublik, number 5 on the scoreboard, defeated in a comeback in 3 sets with another 2 tie-breaks won. In the quarterfinals, Sonego was demolished. Now, the face to face with Humbert. The 25-year-old Frenchman won the only direct match, played in 2020 on the red clay of the Foro Italico. Fognini’s performances also take on a special value from a Davis Cup perspective: 2 weeks before the match against the Netherlands, scheduled for November 23, the Ligurian’s name can climb positions in captain Filippo Volandri’s agenda. Jannik Sinner is the undisputed number 1 and is preparing to take the field in the ATP Finals. Matteo Berrettini has ended his season, Lorenzo Musetti does not appear in a particularly brilliant moment. The call-up of Fognini, just seen against Sonego, does not appear to be a utopia.
Fognini-Humbert on TV and streaming
The match between Fognini and Humbert, which will not start before 6pm, will be broadcast live on Sky Sport Uno, Sky Sport Tennis and Supertennis. The match will be visible in streaming on Now TV, Sky Go and Tennis TV.