World No. 13 Fabio Fognini proved to be the deciding force in the Great Britain-Italy Davis Cup tie on Friday afternoon, as he battled past James Ward in four sets to give his team the 1-0 lead on Day 1. While Murray was ahead in his match, it was suspended due to lack of lighting for a night session.
Fognini’s victory was a significant one, as he was at risk of not competing due an left quad muscle injury he sustained earlier in the season. Following MRI scans, he was deemed fit to compete.
While the top ranked Italian hopes to be 100% fit for tomorrow’s doubles tie, he refuses to pressure himself into playing and made it clear that he will not risk himself if he is not feeling well.
“I feel a little bit tired but that’s normal,” said Fognini. “I had one week off after Miami for this pain. Hopefully everything is going to be in the good way. I will try to recover 100 per cent and if not, for sure I am not going to risk myself.”
If Fognini decides to take part in the doubles rubber, he will be partnered with Simone Bolelli. Their opponents from the GB team will be Colin Fleming and either Andy Murray or Ross Hutchins depending on how Murray feels after the conclusion of the second rubber.