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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.

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