Rolex Montecarlo Masters: super Fognini, k.o. Zverev. Sonego in the quarters, Ceck out

Rolex Montecarlo Masters: Fognini beats the number 3 in the world 7-6 6-1 and flies to the quarters. Nadal without problems with Dimitrov, okay also Djokovic

Rolex Montecarlo Masters – the eighths, third 1000 of the season and the first on clay, with a prize pool of 5,207,405 euros, with three Italians on the field. It hadn’t happened since 1978, but when the tournament was 32 players and to reach the goal it was enough to win a game and not two.

FOGNINI – Fabio Fognini finds World No. 3 Alexander Zverev, semifinalist twelve months ago, and beats him 7-6 6-1. The German had won in both sets both the direct clashes with the blue, dating back to 2017, but this time he comes out defeated: the n. 18 in the world is very good at winning the first set at the tie-break (8-6) and in the second he immediately takes out the service, flying at 4-1. Zverev is very nervous, he loses the service again (5-1) and collapses. In the quarterfinals Fognini will find the winner of the challenge between Coric (Cro) and Herbert (Fra). Will be hunting for a semi-final centered only in 2013.

SONEGO – Another undertaking of an exceptional Lorenzo Sonego, who for the first time in his career lands in the quarters of a Masters 1000, becoming the tenth Italian to do so starting from the qualifications and the first after Pistolesi in 1988. The last one to reach the quarters from the qualifications in the Principality it was the Portuguese Gil in 2011. The Turin, number 96 of the world ranking, beat the British Cameron Norrie, number 56 Atp, 6-2 7-5, in an hour and 24 minutes. The blue, as usual lethal at the service (88% of points with the first, 28 of 32, and 200 per hour of average speed), immediately flies to 4-0, and grants only a break ball in the whole first set. Also in the second set Lorenzo goes up 3-1, but when he needs to close on 5-4 he goes into tension and concedes two break points, finishing up again on 5-5. But the lack of experience at these levels does not play tricks only on the blue: in the next game Norrie, with a couple of free nonsense, grants the break again and this time Sonego, on duty, does not forgive. On Friday in the quarter, Sonego will find Dusan Lajovic: the Serb beat Dominic Thiem in two sets, 6-3 6-3.

NADAL AND DJOKOVIC OK – Rafa Nadal, winner 11 times in Monte Carlo, has passed the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, number 28, with which he had won 11 of the 12 previous direct comparisons: 6-4 6-1 the final result. The second seasonal match on the clay of the world number one, Novak Djokovic, soon turns into a catwalk. Nole, who had scored the 850th career win against Kohlschreiber, in eighth place in the Open Era, 20 points behind Agassi, set 6-3 6-0, in just 68 minutes of the game, Taylor Fritz , number 65 Atp. Now find Medvedev.

TSITSI – The first to take the pass for the quarters is the Russian Daniil Medvedev, number 14 Atp, which confirms the extremely positive trend with the Greek Tsitsipas, defeated for the fourth time out of four: 6-2 1-6 6-4 in a humorous game and very much linked to mistakes.

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