Fabio Fogini managed to win his first master 1000 title after he defeated Dusan Lajovic by 6-3 and 6-4 at the Monte-Carlo Masters final.
31 years old Italian Fogini got 2 serve breaks on Lajovic in 2 sets as he rounded off his remarkable weekend to a title win. He lost his chances at the clay five times in the past.
Fognini made the first comeback of the tournament after he defeated Andrey Rublev at their opening match and then defeated the 10th seeded Zverev, Borna Coric and then the 11-time champion of the tournament Rafael Nadal to set the final.
Fognini said, “It has been an incredible week. I started the week so badly but this is amazing. So, I am really going to keep working hard.”
This was Fognini’s first masters 1000 and tour-level finals match. Fognini had been ranked no. 48 as the lowest rank player to have reached in Monte-Carlo Masters final since 2001.
Lajovic started his bid to win the title in an impressive manner as he secured the opening round’s break to have a lead of 2-1 in the first set. However, after that Fognini leveled up to broke Lajovic’s serve to take control of the match.
After exchanging shots for the two opening games of the 2nd set, Fognini got one more break to have the 3-2 lead. However, he had to pay the price for it as he needed treatment on his right leg after winning the set.
After that, the 13th seeded Fognini showed little signs of unrest as he managed to seal his win in exactly 98 minutes. With this title win, he has become the first ever Italian player to have won a Masters 1000 title.
With this win, Fognini now rises to his career-high rank of being the world no. 12.