Monday, April 22, 2019

Fognini wins Monte Carlo title

Fognini wins Monte Carlo title
Fognini wins Monte Carlo title

Fabio Fognini cruised past Serbian Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco.

With the victory, Fognini became the first Italian to win an ATP Masters 1000 title.

"I just can't believe it; I really don't know," Fognini said. "I'm really, really happy. I have nothing to say. I have to keep calm and take a shower, relax and think about it because it's something incredible."

It took Fognini, the 13th seed, an hour and 38 minutes to capture the tournament. With the win, he will jump to a career-high ranking of No. 12 when the newest ATP rankings come out on Monday. He entered the week ranked No. 18.

It was the ninth career victory for Fognini, 31. He is the lowest seed to win in Monte Carlo since 1999, when another No. 13 seed, Gustavo Kuerten, won.

"I just feel happy because I won a big tournament that was always my goal in my career," Fognini said. "I think everybody, when you're growing up and you start and you decide to play tennis, you are dreaming to win a big tournament. We are talking about a Masters."

Lajovic was attempting to become the first unseeded player to win the tournament since Thomas Muster in 1992.

The biggest glitch on the day for Fognini was a medical timeout late in the second set for treatment to his right leg. It did not stop him, however, as he returned to serve out for the win.

It was an improbable matchup in the final, which fans had thought would come down to another clash between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

But Fognini eliminated No. 2 seed Nadal in straight sets on Saturday in the semifinals, and Lajovic took out No. 10 seed Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-1. Medvedev defeated top seed Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

"Right now I am tired because I ran a lot during the whole weekend," Fognini said. "I would like two or three days off because it was tough for me to muster the talent to beat (Nadal) in the semis and a lot of good players. And it is always tough to play (in a final). I want to enjoy it with my family tonight."

Article from Reuters