The Serbian has twice won the Monte Carlo tournament, most recently in 2015, but there never appeared to be a chance of it being a hat-trick here as Medvedev controlled much of the match. So Pella will have regrets, considering he was serving for a 5-1 first-set lead when he double-faulted.
In their historical match-ups across all surfaces, Fognini has only won just over 60% of service games, giving insight into how hard he has found holding serve against the premier returner on tour, and he's only managed a similar number on clay despite saving around 10% more break point chances on his serve than would be expected given his service points won percentage. It's kind of tough to find the rhythm, and he doesn't give you much rhythm.
Both of our losses were at the hands of Daniil Medvedev and while we swerved the young Russian yesterday, Novak Djokovic was unable to. He had not lost a set at the clay-court tournament since conceding one in the second round against Britain's Kyle Edmund in 2017.
"Losing the first three games was tough but I found a way at the right time". Dusan had only 14 Masters 1000 wins before this week but he is yet to lose a set in the Principality, delivering some impressive wins and getting the opportunity to fight for maiden trophy against Rafael Nadal or Fabio Fognini.
Nadal was broken to love serving for the match, but Pella couldn't hold his serve either.Читайте также: Storms kill 2 in MS , 1 in Alabama
These numbers clearly demonstrate that Nadal will have to endure a massive off-day to get beaten here, even if Fognini plays the lights-out tennis that he is occasionally capable of.
He served for the match leading 5-2 in the second only to drop serve again, but recovered to take the win as Pella double-faulted.
Moscow-born Medvedev is now ranked 14 in the ATP standings, and is aiming to win a fifth career title.
Djokovic won the Australian Open this year to secure a third straight Grand Slam title and 15th overall, moving two behind Nadal and five adrift of Roger Federer's record haul of 20.
Since then, his form has wilted.
But Djokovic has now failed to reach the last four in three straight tournaments, after also falling short at Indian Wells and Miami.
But his focus is bigger and it's further down the line: taking Nadal's crown at Roland Garros.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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