Fognini’s 6-3, 6-4 win over Dusan Lajovic of Serbia in the final at the Monte Carlo Country Club gave Fognini his first Masters 1000 title, just a month short of his 32nd birthday. Good things come to those who wait.
“I feel great now“
Fognini’s talent has never been in doubt. Blessed with power, speed, athleticism and the purest of technique, the Italian has always been able to beat the best, as three wins over Rafael Nadal on clay would attest to. If his attitude and desire has been in question at times, his win in Monte Carlo, having taken out Nadal in the semi-finals, showed what he is capable of.
“I feel really great now, because…this is (my) home tournament, because I was born in San Remo, and I was practising here when I was young. I know really well this tennis club,” a delighted and exhausted Fognini said.
“For me it's special, of course, because parents and friends, I don't know how many tickets they get during the week, but I think… friends and family are happy now, because I have my name on this tournament that it's something that when I was really young I was dreaming for it.”