Fognini upsets Nadal in Monte-Carlo semis

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"I just feel happy because I won a big tournament that was always my goal in my career".

As he sets sights on a 12th title in Barcelona this week, it would be interesting to see if his loss to Fognini was a result of the knee injury that forced him to withdraw from the Indian Wells semis against Federer or was it some technical flaw that saw his otherwise reliable forehand betray him in one of his favorite events.

Nadal also admitted he was lucky to have won the two games in the second set.

It was a comfortable victory for Fabio Fognini in the finals against Lajovic. "It was the worst nightmare, being 5-1 down", Lajovic said."I'm still unaware of reaching the final, but I'm enjoying it", added the player who has not dropped a set all week.

Fognini, cheered by thousands of compatriots on Centre Court, broke Nadal three times in a 55-minute opening set.Nadal saved three match points while trailing a set and 5-0 as he broke Fognini in a last-gasp effort.

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"Of course it's a surprise to play Lajovic, but he's playing good". However, in a massive shock, the King of Clay was dumped out of the event by Fabio Fognini in the second semi-final, creating arguably the least likely Masters final since Filip Krajinovic met Jack Sock in Paris in October 2017.

In the next match, the Italian struggled against Borna Coric in the first set but he came back to win the match after losing the first set 6-1.

But it's rarely straightforward for Nadal against Fognini, who broke back to 3-2 and then broke Nadal to love in the ninth game with some momentous shot-making.

Fognini raised both arms in apology, and then superbly put away a volley at full stretch on the next point to clinch the set.

Nadal, who last lost a set at Monte Carlo in 2017, was nearly on verge of being bageled in the second set against Fognini, before he saved three match points at 0-5, 0-40 to prevent a humiliation and eventually lose 4-6, 2-6. "I'm coming from low moments in terms of injuries, and in terms of the mental side it has not been easy to accept all the things that have been going on during recent weeks", Nadal said. He came onto the court after the trophy ceremony to pose for pictures with his new tennis heir.

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Fognini made several errors early on and lost his serve in the third game. But after saving one match point, the Russian player tamely hit a return long on his opponent's next opportunity.

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The 28-year-old Lajovic was ill before the tournament and said he needed antibiotics to recover.

"Incredible. Unreal", he said, before settling on "It's been a great week".

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