Novak Djokovic Outclassed Fognini to Set Up a Rematch Against Nadal in Monte Carlo.

Novak Djokovic.
Novak Djokovic.

Top- seeded Novak Djokovic proved too strong for world no. 32 Fabio Fognini on Saturday to set up a repeat of the 2009 and 2012 finals with Rafael Nadal.
The world no. 1 eased through to his third final at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in just 51 minutes.
Novak converted four of the six break points opportunities, two in each set and won 82 percent of points behind his first serve to wrap up his 25th victory of the season.
“For me it was important to step on the court and get control of the match,” Novak said.
“That’s what I did right away. I was aggressive. I knew what I wanted to do. I knew I wanted to stay as short as possible on the court to get quick points. I played really, really well. He made a lot of unforced errors, which helped me to win.”
Rafael Nadal, earlier in the day recorded his 46th consecutive win at the Monte Carlo County Club by beating Jo- Wilfried Tsonga 6- 3, 7- 6, (7-3). The eight- time defending champion will meet Djokovic for the 34th time. The Spaniard leads their career head- to- head 19- 14. Their last three encounters on clay in 2012 was won by Nadal.
“Whenever you play Rafa, you expect the toughest challenge possible on clay,” Nole said. “I’m ready for that. I’m very happy that physically, mentally, emotionally I have been improving each day. I feel better on the court, more confident. I will have to be on top of my game. I’ll have to be focused and motivated from the start to the end in order to have any chance of winning against Nadal. I need to have a very optimistic mindset. I’m not going out there to play my best; I’m going out there to win,” the world no. 1 said.
Novak is bidding to win his third title this year, following wins at the Australian Open and Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. He is also looking to win his 14th Masters trophy.


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