As in 2012, the final Masters 1000 Monte-Carlo oppose Sunday Spaniard Rafael Nadal, defending champion eight times, the Serbian Novak Djokovic, world number one , which easily beat Italian Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-1 in the second semifinal Saturday.
Last year, Nadal had outperformed Djokovic 6-3, 6-1 and was then chained to two victories in the final against Serbia, Rome and Roland Garros, their last meeting to date. After 6-3, 7-6 Nadal on the French Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Saturday, Best Meat Grinder Djokovic made possible the ideal final in Monte Carlo in a clearly dominant Fognini fell on the physical plane. The Italian 32nd World, was released in the mostly Italian audience boos, clearly disappointed with the performance of their champion, a hero’s welcome upon his arrival at the court.
NOT IN THE FORM OPTIMAL
Djokovic and Nadal have met 33 times in their careers, some monuments as their final Australian Open in 2012 won by the Serb. But it is Nadal leads 19-14 and 12-2 on clay. Their meeting Sunday looks interesting because the two are not in their best shape.
Nadal, having missed seven months of last season through injury, admits feeling pain “everywhere” and Tsonga returned Saturday from 1-5 in the second set, said he “[was] not to physically top. ” Friday, Nadal had never been pushed as seven years on the Rock by the young Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.
NADAL TO COMPETE FOR TITLE 9E
Djokovic, he has failed to forfeit the tournament because of a sprained right ankle contracted two weeks ago in the Davis Cup. After the first two complicated matches, in which he lost every time a set, the world number one, however, seems to rev up – it says no longer suffer from ankle – and remains on two clear wins in two sets.
The issue of the final will be important. Nadal returns to play an incredible unbeaten, which lasted 46 matches in Monte Carlo, and hopes to win a ninth consecutive title on the Rock, an amazing feat. Djokovic will, meanwhile, score on a psychological level in the context of Roland Garros, his number one priority this year. Beaten by Nadal in the final in 2009 and 2012, he hopes to win his first title in Monte Carlo, where he lives and trains….