2019 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters came to conclusion announcing Fabio Fognini from Italy as the Champion this weekend spreading smiles all over.
The Italian had a wonderful tournament and richly deserved the accolade for his performance, persistence, hardwork and dedication. Fabio became the oldest player ever to win the Monte-Carlo Masters title in the open era when the 31 year old lifted the trophy in France on Sunday. He entered into the tournament as the 13th seeded player with salvaging only one win in his last eight games.
The journey of Monte Carlo Masters 2019 was also pretty arduous for Fabio and was crammed with drama throughout. In the qualifying round the Italian was struggling after losing the 1st set 4-6, and trailing the second 1-4, but came back from behind and eventually knocked Andrey Rublev out with final score of 7-5 and 6-4.
In the round of 16, the 31 year old had to face World no. 3 Alexander Zverve. A nerve wrecking game saw resilience from both sides but once again Fognini capitalized on his chances and emerged winner at the end of the game with the score 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 in the Italian’s favor.
In the quarter final, Borna Ćorić dominated the first set and didn’t allow Fabio to respite winning 6-1 but Fognini kept his spirits high against a tough rival. A brilliant display in the second set saw the tables turned as the Italian dominated Coric completely dismantling him in the second set 6-3 and clinching the game with 6-2 in the final set of the game.
Defending champion Rafael Nadal was Fabio Fognini’s fellow contestant in the semifinals. The odds on the paper were favoring Rafael Nadal with their head to head battle history favoring the Spaniard 3-11 overall and 2-6 on clay. Fabio held onto the ray of hope and entered the court under raucous chants from his supporters. Despite early domination from Nadal, kept his nerves cool. In the latter half of the set Fabio was seen in his clutch mode and wrapped up the first set 6-4. In the second set Fabio once again held things tight and kept Nadal on his toes winning the set 6-2 ultimately winning the match and booking his spot in the final sending shockwaves all across the globe.
Fabio locked horns with Dusan Lajovic in the final where early on, he had some issues. Fabio kept his focus and flattened his backhand forcing Lajovic pretty behind on the baseline which started to change the game. Numerous unforced errors allowed Fabio to gain momentum and after 44 minutes he won the 1st set 6-3. His key to success, the flying forehand coupled with his defensive master class closed all the doors for Lajovic. Converting his second match point saw the Italian becoming the 2019 Rolex Monte-Carlo Champion.
Fognini earns 1000 ATP Rankings points and receives €958,055 in prize money for his heroic triumph and now have reached his career high position of no. 12 in ATP rankings.