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Fabio Fognini Q&A: A Thrill-Seeking Chef

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Fognini© Raed KrishanFognini ended a five-match losing streak in ATP World Tour semi-finals.

Fabio Fognini advanced to his first ATP World Tour final Saturday in Bucharest, dismissing Hungarian qualifier Attila Balazs 6-3, 6-1 to end a five-match losing streak in tour-level semi-finals.

As part of’s new Q&A series, Fognini discusses his success on clay, his favourite Italian dish and what he would talk about with idol Valentino Rossi.

Last year, you reached the Roland Garros quarter-finals. Now, your first ATP World Tour final has come on clay. Why does your game suit this surface so well?
I grew up on clay. I’m Italian, so I played most of my matches as a junior on clay courts. The good results in my career have mainly been on clay for the moment. Last year in Paris, I played an incredible match with Albert Montanes. Unfortunately I couldn’t play in the quarter-finals against the No. 1 player, but it was still a special tournament. We will see what happens this year.

What goals have you set for this season after your success in 2011?
My first goal is to stay healthy right now. I’ve had some injuries. I stopped for two and a half months this year. My second is to keep working hard every day. This is my first final in Bucharest, so I’m very happy.

Which players on tour do you like to hang out with?
All the Italian players. Potito Starace, Filippo Volandri, everybody from Italy. They are all friendly. Also, I feel comfortable with the Spanish guys, because I live in Barcelona. And Novak Djokovic. We are the same age and I respect him a lot.

What is your favourite Italian meal? Can you cook it by yourself?
Pasta al tonno. I can cook it myself. When I am home in Spain, I have to do it, because otherwise, I have to go to the restaurant every night. I don’t like that.

If you were to meet Valentino Rossi, what would you talk about?
I’d talk about everything. I am a big fan of him because he is an incredible guy, making history in motocross. He is also a supporter of Internazionale so maybe we’d discuss football.

Do you have any ambitions to ride motorcycles in the future?
I was joking one time that this is my sport because I am crazy, haha. I like bikes, but it’s not easy to ride motorcycles because you’re going so fast. I like motocross. It’s a good sport, but I’ve never tried it.

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