X

Tuesday 23
July

Tennis

Nadal crashes out in Monte Carlo

20th April 2019, 17:22 by Tom Hill

Defending champion Rafael Nadal crashed out of the Monte Carlo Masters following a shock 6-4 6-2 defeat to Italy's Fabio Fognini.

Nadal was expected to cruise into another final but he failed to advance after a superb display from Fognini.

The Spaniard had won his last 18 matches at the event but ultimately suffered his fifth defeat in 77 matches at the tournament.

Nadal crashed out in one hour and 36 minutes, with Fognini reaching a Masters 1000 final for the first time.

He is now the first Italian to reach the Monte Carlo final since Corrado Barazzutti in 1977.

The world number 18 will now take on Dusan Lajovic in Sunday's final after he saw off Daniil Medvedev 7-5 6-1.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

More Tennis

Tennis

Garcia beats Pliskova Latvia

23rd July 2019, 15:54

Second seed Caroline Garcia had to dig deep to beat Kristyna Pliskova in three sets and advance to the Baltic Open last 16.

Tennis

De Minaur believes he can rediscover form

23rd July 2019, 15:37

Alex de Minaur is confident he will regain his form in a "matter of time" if he continues to do the "right things".

Tennis

Pella unsure if he likes tennis

22nd July 2019, 16:02

Wimbledon quarter-finalist Guido Pella admits he does not actually know if he likes tennis but does it because he can earn a living.

Tennis

Isner back in winners circle at Newport

22nd July 2019, 13:42

John Isner said he felt he had had "a pretty good year" after clinching the Hall of Fame Open in Newport for the fourth time on Sunday.

Tennis

Petchey reveals Murray confidence

21st July 2019, 15:57

Mark Petchey insists Andy Murray would not have made a comeback if he didn't feel another Grand Slam title was possible.

Tennis

Henman tips Fed foe more success

21st July 2019, 15:23

Ex-British number one Tim Henman is adamant Roger Federer can add to his Grand Slam record of 20 titles before retiring.

Recent Sport Headlines

Napoli

Manolas talks up Napoli's chances

23rd July 2019, 19:51

New Napoli centre-back Kostas Manolas is adamant Napoli have what it takes to overcome Juventus in the Serie A this season.

Bayern Munich

Alaba flattered by speculation but determined to stay put

23rd July 2019, 19:45

Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba claims it is an honour to be linked with Barcelona but he claims he is focused on the German club.

Barcelona

Barcelona lose Simons

23rd July 2019, 19:36

Highly-rated midfielder Xaxi Simons has announced he has decided to leave Barcelona to join Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.

Tottenham Hotspur

Son ready to impress next season

23rd July 2019, 19:36

Tottenham's Heung-Min Son is confident he can better his achievements from last season after enjoying a summer break.

Liverpool

Lille man set to leave in the coming days

23rd July 2019, 19:19

Lille president Gerard Lopez has announced that Liverpool target Nicolas Pepe is close to leaving the club this month.

Crystal Palace

Palace eager to bring in Sidibe

23rd July 2019, 19:04

Crystal Palace are lining up a bid for Monaco defender Djibril Sidibe this summer, according to reports in the French media.

Rugby Union

Williams - Best Wales squad in my lifetime

23rd July 2019, 19:03

Former Wales winger Shane Williams has claimed the current squad is the best he has seen in his lifetime.

Newcastle United

Newcastle sign Joelinton

23rd July 2019, 18:22

Newcastle have announced they have completed the signing of striker Joelinton from Hoffenheim for an undisclosed club record fee.