Fabio Fognini wins the Monte Carlo Masters

Fabio Fognini beat Dusan Lajovic in straight sets to in the Monte Carlo Masters.

The Italian won the event for the first time, taking only one hour and 38 minutes to take the title.

FABIO FOGNINI
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However the 31 year old did not a straight forward run to

the final. He came to the tournament on a five match losing spree but beat the odds and a handful of players all ranked higher than himself.

He beat world number three  Alexander Zverev in the round of 16 in straight sets to set up a quater final win against Borna Coric, ranked 15th in 3 sets despite losing the first.

Fognini was then faced by 11 time winner, Rafael Nadal in the semi finals which saw the Italian win 6-4 6-2 and reach the final, defying the bookmakers predictions.

The fairytale nearly turned with Lajovic breaking his serve and taking an early lead in the final, only for Fognini to comeback and take the first set 6-3.

Both players had serves broke early on in the second set, but the 31 year old stayed composed despite having to receive treatment on his ankle he took the second set 6-4 and the match.

This was Fognini’s first Monte Carlo Masters win and the first win for an Italian since 1968.

 

FABIO FOGNINI
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