Tag: Monte Carlo
Rafael Nadal's Monte Carlo reign was ended by Fabio Fognini on the fifth match point.
The Frenchman, who turns 34 tomorrow, reached the semi-finals here in 2013 and 2016 but did not compete on the clay last spring.
The world No.1 was winner of the last 3 Grand Slam titles and dreaming of completing his personal sweep with another trophy at Roland Garros.
Rafael Nadal romped to a record-extending 11th Monte Carlo Masters title by brushing aside an outclassed Kei Nishikori in Sunday's final to retain the world number one ranking.
World number one Rafael Nadal swept aside Grigor Dimitrov to ease into his 12th Monte Carlo Masters final with a 6-4, 6-1 victory on Saturday.
World number one Rafael Nadal cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Russian Karen Khachanov on Thursday to set up a "difficult" Monte Carlo Masters quarter-final against Dominic Thiem, after the Austrian stunned Novak Djokovic.
Novak Djokovic said it was "great" to deal with the emotions of a "real battle" again, after saving 10 match points to beat Borna Coric at the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday, while Rafael Nadal made a "positive" return to the ATP Tour by thrashing Aljaz Bedene.