Fognini speaks Italian, English, Spanish, and French, and his nickname is "Fogna". 3 and qualified for his first ATP Challenger tournament at Palermo.As a junior, Fognini posted a singles win/loss record of 72–36. 8 in the world in May 2004, reaching the quarterfinals of both the Australian Open and French Open. During 2006, Fognini had moderate success at Challengers and, after qualifying, made his debut on the ATP World Tour at Buenos Aires. In addition, he had a fantastic tournament at the 2007 Rogers Masters in Montreal, Canada. On the ATP Challengers circuit, Fognini made the finals in Santiago, Sanremo, and Fürth, losing in three-set battles each time.During the South American clay swing, he reached the quarterfinals of Viña del Mar (defeating second seed clay-court specialist Juan Ignacio Chela in the first round) and the semifinals of Costa Do Sauipe.After missing the 2008 French Open due to injury problems, Fognini reached the semifinals of both Warsaw and Umag (beating former World No.At Wimbledon, he defeated experienced grass-courter Michaël Llodra in the first round and again lost to the eventual tournament winner, Roger Federer, in the second round.In the London 2012 Olympics, Fognini was drawn against Novak Djokovic in the first round.
He defeated Denis Istomin in the first round and qualifier Stéphane Robert in the second.
Fognini began his professional career by playing a variety of Futures and Challenger tournaments, winning his first Futures title in 2005 at Spain No. He was defeated in the first round by former World No. In 2007, Fognini made some real progress on the ATP Tour, notably when he qualified for the 2007 French Open to make his first appearance in a Grand Slam event. Having qualified for the tournament, he defeated Peter Polansky in the first round, before taking out the 13th seed Andy Murray in straight sets. Partnering Frederico Gil, he also lost in the doubles final of the Fürth Challenger.