On the clay courts where he once practiced as a youth with big dreams, Fabio Fognini won the biggest title of his erratic career by beating Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4 Sunday in the Monte Carlo Masters final.
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".
The new family-friendly version of Fognini even came back onto court on Sunday almost an hour after his win to meet with cheering ballboys and ballgirls, who engulfed him in a mass hug.
Nadal is usually the undisputed crowd favourite on the French Riviera, but shouts of "Fabio, Fabio, Fabio" rang out at the Monte Carlo Country Club. Fognini ended Nadal's ridiculous streak on clay and can now say he's beaten him three times on his favorite surface.
He came to the court after the trophy ceremony to pose for pictures with his new Tennis heir, who was following up his shock semi-final win over 11-time Monte Carlo champion Rafael Nadal.
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.
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"This is only the first tournament on clay, and it's a long season".
It was the first set Lajovic conceded in the tournament and the Serbian appeared quite shocked, dropping serve in the first game of the second set.
Djokovic, who won a record seventh Australian Open title in January, lost in the third round at Indian Wells and the fourth round in Miami last month. From 3-4 in that first set Fognini won eight straight games, and 11 of the last 14.
"He played worse than before and I am gaining more experience", Medvedev said.
For in the event, it was neither Nadal nor Djokovic who would contest the final in Monte-Carlo.
"I'm really exhausted now, I've been running all week". "I was not thinking much. I had a lot of unforced errors". "Luckily I was able to come back (from 4-1 down) in the first set".
There was an exchange of breaks in the first two games, but again the Italian edged the lead in the fifth game as Lajovic pushed a forehand wide on break point.