Fognini stuns Nadal to reach Monte Carlo final

Tennis

Rafael Nadal has been knocked out of the Monte Carlo Masters after suffering a shock 6-4, 6-2 defeat to Fabio Fognini in the semifinals.

It is the second upset in as many days at the Masters with world No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic eliminated in the previous round.

Fognini produced a sensational display to take the first set and although Nadal momentarily fought back from 5-0 down in the second, the Italian secured the memorable victory in 1 hour and 36 minutes.

Earlier, Dusan Lajovic staged a remarkable comeback from 5-1 down to beat No. 10 seed Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-1 to book his place in the final on Sunday.

Lajovic won 10 straight games to open up a 4-0 lead in the second set before Medvedev finally held serve. But after saving one match point, the Russian player tamely hit a return long on his opponent’s next opportunity.

The Serbian will feature in his first Masters final and he is the lowest-ranked Monte-Carlo finalist since 2001.

“It was an incredible match today,” said Lajovic. “I had the worst nightmare, falling down 5-1. But I won 10 games in a row, so I was able to find my rhythm and my game. In windy conditions like today, it was impossible to play real tennis and in the end I was able to hit my forehands better than him. I’m still unaware of my achievement in Monte-Carlo.”

Information from Associated Press contributed to this article.

Advertisements

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

Hall of Fame broadcaster Whitaker dies at 95
Ashley Cole retires from football aged 38
Four top-four finishes later, Koepka’s Body shoot seems just fine
Filings suggest Nike paid in pursuit of players
‘Hard Knocks’ teaser? Jon Gruden (hearts) Antonio Brown

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.