The semi-final in Monte Carlo means final stop. Rafael Nadal (ATP 2) is eliminated in two sets against Fabio Fognini (ATP 14).
Great surprise in the sand prelude in Monte Carlo. Rafael Nadal is eliminated against Fabio Fognini. 4: 6, 2: 6 is the clear verdict in the semifinal.
A bankruptcy in Monte Carlo de Nadal? That never happens. He has lined up 15 wins here since losing in the semi-final in 2015 against Novak Djokovic. Last even 25 sentences in a row. The Spaniard won the title 11 times. And now the shock.
Was he injured by an injury?
In the clear case, the question arises if Nadal still suffers from his injury. In early March, the Spaniard had to give before the Indian Wells semifinal against Roger Federer because of a knee injury at the Forfait.
Nadal made the comeback in his favorite block. And in the beginning impressively. He finished Baptist Agut 6: 1, 6: 1 in the opening game. Even Dimitrov or Pella remain without a chance.
«One of my worst games on the sand in 14 years»
Against Fognini, but Nadal has problems from the start with the return of Italian, just like the first game of service of the Spaniard is lost. Nadal returns to the game and creates the reenactment directly. With increasing game time, Fognini, but has more and more control and viola Nadal to 5: 4, before winning the set with his own service.
In the second set, Fognini surpassed the Sand Giant and has already awarded three match points on the score of 5: 0. Fognini's fourth match turns into a win.
"It was probably one of my worst games on the sand in 14 years," said Nadal after the crash collapsed, "if I do that, you will also have to lose. injury and mental illness. It was not easy to accept what happened. And now it was exactly the kind of day when everything went wrong.
First defeat after 15 wins
Nadal missed the last time on clay last year in the quarterfinals of Madrid against Dominic Thiem. Since then, he has won 15 sand victories, winning titles in Rome and at the French Open. Since the start of the French Open-Out 2016, it's only his third clay loss.
In the surprise final, Fognini finds Serbian Dusan Lajovic on Easter Sunday, who defeats Russian Daniil Medvedev for 7min5s and 6: 1. (Sme)