Fabio Fognini who was the reason behind the exit of World no.1 Andy Murray and who had been the major headache for the British no.1 on the eve of the French Open feels that Alexander Zverev will replace the Scot as the best player in the world.

Zverev won the match in straight sets again the world no.19 from Italy. After the win he said, “Fabio is a great guy, so I think he will give a lot of compliments to other players. Other players maybe said this about me before.”

The German boy Zverev has plenty of time with him to fulfill his potential and he has to work hard to reach world no.1 from currently world no.17. He has a very flamboyant and attacking game and played exceedingly well to send home the man who sent Murray home before he even got his feet dirty on the Roman Clay.

Elsewhere in Italian Open

Johanna Konta’s journey to becoming world no.1 has taken a slight halt as she was defeated only for the 2nd time out of 5 contests against Venus Williams. The 36 year old American defeated the British no.1 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 in under 2 hours. Konta however was very positive as she puts her sights on Paris.

She said, “I don’t think there is anything necessarily I’m finding super hard on clay. It’s still the same game, still the same lines. It’s not necessarily even sliding. It’s just having that good level of trust in my ability on the surface- a good level of trust in my physical ability, as well. That also comes with time.”

The world no.2, Novac Djokovic who turns 30 on the coming Monday eyes on the Roland Garros as he looks to be back at the summit of the world rankings. He would love to win the 5th Italian Open and take a good game of clay game with him to Paris.

The world no.4 Rafael Nadal progressed to next round with a routine 6-3 6-4 win against Jack Sock while Dominic Thiem defeated the American Sam Querrey 3-6 6-3 7-6 in under 2 hours.