Fabulous Fabio Fognini takes out Dusan Lajovic to win Monte-Carlo Masters

Fabio Fognini celebrates

Fabio Fognini has done it! He has become the first Italian to win an ATP Masters 1000 trophy after beating Dusan Lajovic in the Monte-Carlo Masters final.

The 31-year-old ended his glorious week in the Principality with a 6-4, 6-3 victory in one hour and 36 minutes over Lajovic on Sunday.

Fognini entered the final on the back of a brilliant semi-final win over 11-time champion Rafael Nadal and he followed it up with another excellent display in the showpiece match.

Lajovic had the early initiative as he broke in game three, but the Italian hit back with a double break in games four and six as he raced to a one-set lead.

The second set started with consecutive breaks of serve before Fognini claimed the decisive break in game five.

At 31, he becomes the second-oldest player after John Isner (32) to win a first ATP Masters 1000 title, the first Italian to win a Masters trophy since the format was introduced in 1990s and the first Italian since 1968 to win in Monte-Carlo.

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