a Big Surprise in the Sand-opener in Monte Carlo. Rafael Nadal retires against Fabio Fognini. 4:6, 2:6, the clear verdict is in the semi-final.

A Bust in Monte Carlo by Nadal? There’s actually never. 15 wins, he has lined up here together, since the semi-final defeat of 2015 against Novak Djokovic. The last 25 sets in a row. 11 Times the Spaniard has won the title. And now the shock Out.

Plagued him for a violation?

When the clear issue is the question of whether Nadal suffers, and at his injury. At the beginning of March of the Spaniards before the Indian had to give Wells semi-final against Roger Federer due to a knee injury Forfeit.

On his preferred pad Nadal was now the Comeback. And the first impressive. Bautista Agut, he made in the start of game 6:1, 6:1. Also Dimitrov or Pella will not have a Chance.

“one Of my worst to Play on Sand in 14 years,”

Against Fognini, but that’s Nadal right from the start problems with the return game of the Italian, the very first service game, the Spaniard lost. Nadal comes back into the game and creates directly the Rebreak. With increasing duration of the game, Fognini takes more and more control and breaks Nadal to 5:4, before he wins the set with a private Service.

In the second set, Fognini rolled over the Sand giants and forgives when the score was 5:0 already three match balls. The fourth match point Fognini turned to the victory.

“That was probably one of my worst to Play on Sand in 14 years. If that happens, then you must also lose. And today I deserved to lose,” said Nadal after the shock Broke. “I come from a Low, in terms of my injuries and the Mental. It was not easy to accept what is happening. And now, the kind of day where everything goes wrong was easy.”

First defeat after 15 Victories

for the Last time on clay Nadal has lost in the last year in the quarter-finals of Madrid against Dominic Thiem. Since then, he strung together a 15-Sand victories, which earned him the title in Rome and at the French Open. Since the early French-Open-Out in 2016 is only 3. Defeat on the Sand.

In the Surprise Final meets Fognini on Easter Sunday, the Serb Dusan Lajovic, who defeated the Russians Daniil Medvedev with 7:5, 6:1. (sme)