ROME – Fabio Fognini, after defeating Nadal in the semifinals, triumphs at the "Masters of Montecarlo" by defeating Serbian Dusan Lajovic (6-3, 6-4) in the final .
In the second set Fognini also had to go to the physiotherapist for a problem with his right thigh. But in the end the Italian tennis player succeeded in the enterprise. And from Monday 22 April the Ligurian will become number 12 of the world. This is his best ranking. A success. Also cheap. The jackpot of the "Masters of Montecarlo", in fact, is around a million euros.
These are the first words of Fognini after the victory: "Thank you all, I was born near here, winning this tournament is extraordinary for me: I still can't believe it. Bravo at Lajovic: the first final is hard, you keep working, soon it will be his turn. I thank my team, the family, Flavia (Pennetta, his wife, ed) who supports me and supports. I thank Alma and the physiotherapists. And … I don't know what to say anymore … In fact, I have a special dedication for my mother who is celebrating her birthday tomorrow. Hi everyone, see you next year ”.
It had been years, so many years, that an Italian didn't win such an important tournament. The last to win in Montecarlo was Nicola Pietrangeli in 1968. The last finalist of the tournament was the coach of Fognini, Corrado Barazzutti, in 1977.
To those who ask him if it's time for top ten, Fognini answers like this:
"" Again with these speeches. In a week I went from stables to stars, typical of Italy. Obviously, if you win big matches, the ranking is a consequence. It would be nice to have an asterisk at the end of the career indicating that you were in the top ten, it is a stimulus, but in the meantime I enjoy this triumph ".
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