In one of the biggest upsets in Tennis history, Italian Fabio Fognini has knocked out defending champion Rafael Nadal in the Monte Carlo Masters semi-final.
The 32-year-old Spanish star was defeated in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. Nadal, who was looking for his 12th Monte Carlo title, had been undefeated in the last 18 matches in the tournament; losing only four out of 76 matches in his overall career.
The World No. 18, Fognini, will now face Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic in Sunday's final. World No. 48, Lajovic, meanwhile, defeated Manzil Medvedev 7-5, 6-1 in the other semi-final.
Questions have been raised over Nadal’s fitness after the World No. 2 was knocked out of the tournament. The 17-time Grand Slam titles winner, Nadal, was the firm favourite to win the ATP Master 1000 crown, but his knee injury has become his biggest enemy off-late.
Fognini won the match in one hour and 36 minutes and in the process, has qualified for the Monte Carlo Masters 1000 final for the first time. He is also the first Italian to reach the Monte Carlo Masters final after Corrado Barazzutti in 1977.
Meanwhile, Dutchmen Robin Haase and Wesley Koolhof beat Britain's Jamie Murray and Brazilian partner Bruno Soares 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the doubles semi-final.
In the other semi-final, Croatian pair of Nikola Mektic and Franko Skugor defeated Argentine duo of Maximo Gonzalez and Horacio Zeballos 6-4, 6-3.
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