Fabio Fognini seals Monte Carlo Masters title with straight sets victory

Fabio Fognini seals Monte Carlo Masters title with straight sets victory

Italy's Fabio Fognini poses with a trophy after defeating Serbia's Dusan Lajovic in the men's singles final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Sunday, April, 21, 2019.

Nadal had won 18 successive matches on the Monte Carlo clay but never looked like he was going to make it 19 after losing the first set to Fognini, who now has four career victories over Nadal in 15 meetings.

In windy conditions at the Monte Carlo Country Club, Nadal was overwhelmed by Fognini, who entered centre court with all guns blazing.

Fognini ended Nadal's Monte Carlo reign on the fifth match point.

"It's a big opportunity to them to come here and watch me play, " Fognini said.

"I have this discussion with the chair umpire that I think he made bad decision, bad call".

Fabio Fognini after beating Rafael Nadal.

After the two exchanged five breaks of serve in a close first set, Fognini almost handed Nadal his first bagel since the 2018 U.S. quarterfinals at 5-0 in the second.

"I was born nearby so this is extraordinary", Fognini, 31, said.

Problem sometimes is we are used to be very, very solid all the time, and even coming back from injuries, winning and winning and winning, and things are not easy, no? "I just say that I played an incredible match".

"Reaching the semi-final again means a lot to me, I hope this win will help me". "But I knew I had nothing to lose".

"But I've been playing my best at Grand Slams and that's what I intend to do".

Earlier, Lajovic reached his first Masters final when he mastered the wind to beat Russian Daniil Medvedev 7-5 6-1.

"I was lucky at 4-1, he had two points to be 5-1 and with 5-1 it's nearly impossible".

The World Number two tennis player, Rafael Nadal is certainly melancholic with his 6-4, 6-2 defeat in the Mediterranean region."I played a very bad game against a good player, so in that situation, you have to lose". "I tried in the 3-0, I tried in the 4-0, but then with the 5-0, 30-Love, is over, or 40-Love, it's over".

The loss raises more questions about Nadal's health, as he's recently been unable to play because of a knee injury, which also bothered him a year ago.

Nadal had not lost a set at Monte Carlo since dropping the second to Kyle Edmund of Great Britain in the Round of 16 in 2017 - a run of 21 straight sets.

"I was lucky to escape, I'm happy to be through".

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