Sunday, April 21, 2019

Fognini vs Lajovic in Monte Carlo final

fognini beats nadal in monte carlo
Fognini vs Lajovic in Monte Carlo final

Fabio Fognini pulled off a stunner on Saturday, ousting 11-time champ and No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Masters at Monaco.

The 13th-seeded Italian reached the first Masters 1000 level final of his career with the victory.

Nadal hadn't lost in 18 matches in the event.

"I probably played one of the worst matches on clay in 14 years," said Nadal. "When that happens, you have to lose. And today I deserved to lose because I played against a player that was better than me today."

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Nadal vs Fognini in Monte Carlo semis

Nadal vs Fognini in Monte Carlo semis
Nadal vs Fognini in Monte Carlo semis

Rafa Nadal was forced to work hard for his 18th straight match win at the Monte Carlo Country Club as he fought back to beat Argentina Guido Pella 7-6(1) 6-3.

The 11-times champion made a sluggish start and was one point away from 1-5 deficit in the opening set but recovered well to convert seven of his 13 break-point opportunities and advance after two hours and 20 minutes.

Medvedev vs Lajovic in Monte Carlo semis

Medvedev stuns Djokovic to reach Monte Carlo semis
Medvedev vs Lajovic in Monte Carlo semis

Daniil Medvedev delivered the biggest win of his career on Friday when he dispatched top-seeded Novak Djokovic to advance to the semifinals of the Monte Carlo Masters at Monaco.

The 10th-seeded Medvedev broke the Serbian's serve five times during the stunning 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 victory in two hours, 20 minutes on the clay of Court Rainier III. It marked the first time the Russian has defeated a World No. 1 player.

"It's definitely the best match of my career. Not in terms of level of tennis, but definitely by the result," Medvedev said after the match. "(Reaching my) first Masters 1000 semifinal, beating No. 1 for the first time in my life. Just amazing."

Joao Souza provisionally suspended

Joao Souza provisionally suspended
Joao Souza provisionally suspended

Joao Souza has been provisionally suspended again amid a corruption investigation by the Tennis Integrity Unit.

Souza had already been provisionally suspended on March 29 but was reinstated on April 8 following a successful appeal.

The TIU says that the provisional suspension has been put back in place “following consideration of additional evidence submitted by the TIU,” adding that no more appeals will be accepted.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Medvedev topples Tsitsipas in Monte Carlo

Medvedev topples Tsitsipas in Monte Carlo
Medvedev topples Tsitsipas in Monte Carlo

Stefanos Tsitsipas slammed an overhead into the net on match point on Thursday to lose 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 to Daniil Medvedev at the Monte Carlo Masters.

The Russian winner, seeded 10th, will face either top seed Novak Djokovic or American Taylor Fritz in the quarterfinals.

The pair exchanged breaks early in the final set. Then, trailing 5-4, Tsitsipas was caught on the back foot as he fell to 0-40 to face three match points.

Zverev beats Auger-Aliassime in Monte Carlo

Zverev beats Auger-Aliassime in Monte Carlo
Zverev beats Auger-Aliassime in Monte Carlo

Alexander Zverev showed signs of a return to his explosive best in a 6-1 6-4 win over Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Zverev, who lives in Monte Carlo, reached the semi-finals of his 'home' event a year ago, but has endured a difficult 2019 season.

After finishing runner-up to Nick Kyrgios in Acapulco, Zverev has suffered early exits at Indian Wells, Miami and Marrakech.