Spain’s Rafael Nadal hits a return to Italy’s Fabio Fognini during the semi-final tennis match of the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series tournament / AFP
Rafael Nadal crashed to Fabio Fognini in the Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals on Saturday, the Spanish clay court king swept aside 6-4, 6-2, to end his bid for a 12th title.
The shock result leaves Italian 13th seed Fognini facing unseeded Serb Dusan Lajovic in Sunday’s unscripted final.
Fognini, who beat Nadal three times all on clay in 2015, stopped a 25-set win streak in the principality for the world number two.
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The last man to take a set off Nadal in Monte Carlo was Britain’s Kyle Edmund in 2017.
Fognini ended Nadal’s Monte Carlo reign on the fifth match point.