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  1. Voo de Mar says:
    Points won by each set: [ 34-27, 35-29 ]
    Points won directly behind the serve:
    18 % Fognini – 12 of 65
    15 % Lajovic – 9 of 60

    Shocking final line-up, both players came to Monaco having negative records this year: Fognini 4-8, Lajovic 6-9, but both fully deserved to be in the final because they defeated the current best clay-courters (Lajovic ousted Thiem while Fognini stunned Nadal, the Italian already led *5:0 (40/0) against the 11-time MC champion in the 2nd set!)… Lajovic [48] – playing his just first ATP final (!) after eight years on the tour (three semifinals) – broke first, won an amazing point at *2:1 (deuce), and actually it was the end of his dreamlike week (he had not dropped a set up to that moment). Once Fognini broke back, he controlled the majority of rallies firmly going to the biggest title of his life, but in a game he broke for 3:2 in the 2nd set, he delicately injured his right thigh chasing a failed dropshot. Afterwards his movement was a bit limited, but huge experience allowed him to hold quite easily three times. “I was preparing for the match as best I can because he has my ex-coach and I knew it was going to be really tough, a lot of running,” Fognini said. “[It’s an] incredible achievement. I’m really, really happy.” Next week Fognini [18] will be No. 12 (his highest ranking, he was No. 13 in 2014).

    Fognini’s route to his 9th title (first Masters 1K in 294th main-level event):
    1 Andrey Rublev 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
    2 Gilles Simon w/o
    3 Alex Zverev 7-6(6), 6-1
    Q Borna Coric 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
    S Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-2
    W Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4

    # Fognini saved 5 mini-MPs at 1:4 in the 2nd set against Rublev (two points away at 4:5); trailed 1-6, *0:2 (deuce) vs Ćorić, who had 8-0 record in deciding sets this year

    Serve & volley: Fognini 0, Lajovic 0

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