Fognini stuns Nadal in Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo, Apr 20 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 4/20/2019 12:43:26 PM IST

Italian Fabio Fognini ended the run of 11-time Monte-Carlo Masters champion Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-2 to reach Sunday’s final, where he will take on unseeded Dusan Lajovic.

Fognini, who beat world No 3 Alexander Zverev and the 22-year-old Borna Coric to reach the last four, ended the Spaniard’s streak of 25 consecutive sets won, before going on to reach his maiden Masters 1000 final.

The 31-year-old joins an elite group of players who have beaten Nadal on his favourite clay surface three times.

He will take on Serbian Lajovic, who reached his first Masters 1000 final when he won 12 of the last 13 games to beat Russian Daniil Medvedev 7-5 6-1.

Lajovic trailed 3-0 in the opening set before going through the gears.

The 10th-seeded Medvedev could not hold the pace as whirlwinds swept across centre court at the Monte Carlo Country Club. Lajovic quickly moved 4-0 up in the second set against his frustrated opponent, who bowed out on the second match point.


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