Sports

Nadal surprised as ‘super solid’ Djokovic exits Monte Carlo

Nadal surprised as ‘super solid’ Djokovic exits Monte Carlo

World number 2 Nadal will face the Italian Fognini for the 15th time in their career and the Spaniard holds an 11-3 head-to-head advantage over the 13th seed.

Rafael Nadal will take on Fabio Fognini in a much-awaited semifinal clash of the Monte Carlo Masters 2019 at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 20.

However, it's worth mentioning that of players ranked outside the top 10, it's arguable that Fognini has given Nadal more trouble than most, having won three of their 14 meetings - winning two of these on clay - and he took the first set from Nadal in their last head to head match, in Rome previous year.

Fabio Fognini after beating Rafael Nadal. The other nine were shared by Sascha Zverev with three and six first-time winners. In that situation, you have to lose.

Before going onto court for his quarterfinal, Nadal spent some time watching Djokovic.

Pella had three chances to take a 5-1 lead in the first set and also failed to serve out for the opener when 6-5 up, opportunities few can afford to waste against the "king of clay".

While Fognini has been this far before, Dusan Lajovic is through to a Masters semi-final for the first time.

But world No 18 Fognini is a fine player on clay and looked close to producing a first bagel set on clay against Nadal before eventually getting over the line with a 6-4, 6-2 win.

AG William Barr to Hold Thursday Morning Press Conference on Mueller Report
Barr has faced intense scrutiny from the public and lawmakers on Capitol Hill for his handling of Mueller's report so far. Congressional Democrats have railed against the Justice Department's insistence that the Mueller report be redacted.

"I was lucky at 4-1, he had two points to be 5-1 and with 5-1 it's nearly impossible", Nadal admitted. "But I found a way at the right time", world number two Nadal said.

"I played a bad game against a good opponent".

Nadal had not lost a set at Monte Carlo since dropping the second to Kyle Edmund of Great Britain in the Round of 16 in 2017 - a run of 21 straight sets.

World no. 48 Dusan Lajovic never had a chance to compete in the ATP final and he changed all that after a ideal week in Monte Carlo so far, ousting the 10th seed Daniil Medvedev 7-5 6-1 in an hour and 35 minutes.

After a rare setback on clay, an honest Nadal praised Fognini while admitting "everything" had gone wrong for him.

It could have been an all-Serb semi but Medvedev knocked out top-ranked Novak Djokovic in Friday's quarterfinals.

Still, he should have most of the support against Lajovic, who earlier won 10 straight games to lead 4-0 in the second set before Medvedev finally again held serve.

Serving for the set at 5-4 and 30-30, his shot hit the net and turned into a ideal drop shot.


  • Sarah Sanders admitted to providing media baseless information about Comey: Mueller report

    Sarah Sanders admitted to providing media baseless information about Comey: Mueller report

    Sanders has also had a strained relationship with reporters at times, with a number of heated exchanges between several White House reporters at daily briefings.
    Pinterest's shares soar 25 pct in market debut

    Pinterest's shares soar 25 pct in market debut

    The online image-sharing company saw its revenue jump to $755.9 million last year from $473 million a year prior. Pinterest is also the most high-profile listing of a USA social media company since Snap Inc in 2017.
    Notre Dame fire: Firefighters used drones to save towers and protect structure

    Notre Dame fire: Firefighters used drones to save towers and protect structure

    They will be checking the whole of Notre-Dame - from the towers and the vaulted ceiling to the walls to assess their fragility". The company carrying out the renovation works when the blaze broke out said it would cooperate fully with the investigation.
  • Subaru Outback Onyx Turbo - All The Official Details!

    Subaru Outback Onyx Turbo - All The Official Details!

    The body itself is styled following Subaru's "Dynamic x Solid" philosophy, which is tied in with the "Active x Tough" concept. Meanwhile, the rear adopts a double-wishbone layout with subframe, coil springs and new 19-mm hollow stabiliser bar.
    A's Offered Kyler Murray $14M To Choose Baseball

    A's Offered Kyler Murray $14M To Choose Baseball

    Arizona could just use the No. 1 pick to shore up a defense that has struggled mightily, possibly Ohio State's Nick Bosa. The draft could have six or more edge rushers go in the first round, and everyone knows the Raiders need edge rushers.
    Netflix Confident Disney+ Won't Be Competition, But Is That True?

    Netflix Confident Disney+ Won't Be Competition, But Is That True?

    This strategy has resulted in a tripling of debt in just two years, from US$3.36 billion in 2016 to US$10.36 billion in 2018. While on other hand FactSet industry analysts surveyed revealed 5.48 million subscribers' growth during the same period.
  • Amazon and Google put their video streaming differences aside

    This left some Android TV devices with Amazon Prime Video and some without the service . YouTube will return to Fire TV devices "in the coming months" according to Amazon .
    Heathcote residents invited to take part in free Easter egg hunt

    Heathcote residents invited to take part in free Easter egg hunt

    Six-year-old Eloise Hallquist said she too came to the egg hunt, which drew about 100 people, to see her neighbors. The eggs will be handed out at the start of the event and must be able to be removed or viewed after the drop.
    READ: Bernie Sanders' Full 10 Years of Tax Returns

    READ: Bernie Sanders' Full 10 Years of Tax Returns

    Sanders in a statement said the returns "show that our family has been very fortunate". In the most recent year released, 2017, he had an adjusted gross income of $366,455.
  • Klopp plays down Liverpool fatigue concerns ahead of season run

    Klopp plays down Liverpool fatigue concerns ahead of season run

    It's not easy for us because we only play four matches, but we have to try. Will he start? I don't know; we have a lot of players in a lot of rhythm.
    Pink Moon set to illuminate the skies Friday

    Pink Moon set to illuminate the skies Friday

    The April Full Moon will begin shortly after midday, and while the name says " Pink moon ", the moon won't appear literally pink. Reportedly, the region will get to experience what's known as a " pink moon " tonight and early Friday morning.
    Watch NBA Playoffs Basketball Online Free

    Watch NBA Playoffs Basketball Online Free

    The Celtics outscored IN 26-8 IN the third with a flurry of three-pointers on 9/21 overall shooting, while the Pacers were 2/19. Stevens went with Jaylen Brown in the starting lineup in place of Marcus Smart , who is out with a torn left oblique.