Rafael Nadal: Fabio Fognini reveals message from SIX-WORD that led to the clash of Monte Carlo Masters | Tennis | Sport



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Nadal was the favorite early in the match but Fognini broke the Spaniard after a long opening match.

The Spaniard recovered and was defeated 3-1, with Fognini being frustrated by the referee.

But the Italian responded to break again and broke to take 5-4.

And the local Monte Carlo resident showed few nerves by winning the first set and broke Nadal early in the second set.

Fognini then unbelievably broke Nadal twice more to lead by 5 to 0, but while serving for the match, the champion 11 times saved three match points and broke back.

But in his next game of service, Fognini regained his composure and served to defeat Nadal on the clay for the third time.

And after the game, Fognini was open about how he was able to knock out Nadal.

Fognini said: "It was very difficult.

"In the beginning, I was a break up, [he] it broke [me] and I was 3-1 down.

"I think the referee made a very bad decision [with the towel]. After that, I said to myself, "Stay calm and try to play."

"Because it was very difficult. It was very windy.

"But that does not matter, because I'm in the final and I would like to enjoy this game."

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