The title was a nice cap to an eventful week for the Italian, who battled through a fierce field of competitors to come out on top. In his first-round match against Russia’s Andrey Rublev, Fognini came back from 4-6, 1-4 down to eventually win, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, and later rallied from a 1-6, 0-2 deficit against Borna Coric in the quarterfinals to pull out a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory.
Here’s more on Fognini, whose recent win catapulted him to a career-high ranking.
The Fabio Fognini File
Birthplace: Sanremo, Italy
Current Ranking: 12
Career-High Rank: 12 (April 2019)
Best US Open Finish: Fourth Round (2015)
- Fognini is the lowest seeded player to take home the Monte Carlo trophy since fellow No. 13 seed Gustavo Kuerten captured the championship in 1999. He had reached the semifinals at the tournament one time previously, in 2013, ousting Tomas Berdych and Richard Gasquet before falling to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.
- Fognini becomes the first Italian to lift an ATP Masters 1000 singles trophy with his Monte Carlo victory. He holds nine tour-level titles overall, with eight of the nine won on clay, including three last year (Los Cabos, Bastad, Sao Paulo).
- Prior to Monte Carlo, Fognini had experienced a difficult start to the 2019 season. He posted only one victory in his last eight tour-level matches and had lost his prior four matches on clay.
- Fognini’s best finish at the US Open came in 2015, when he upended three-time US Open champion Nadal (2010, 2013, 2017) in the third round before falling to Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the Round of 16.
- Fognini is married to former WTA star Flavia Pennetta, who took home her lone Grand Slam title at the 2015 US Open, defeating Roberta Vinci in the first-ever all-Italian Grand Slam final. The two wed in June 2016 and welcomed their son, Federico, in May 2017.
They Said It!
"I was preparing for the match as best I can because he has my ex-coach, and I knew it was going to be really tough, a lot of running," Fognini said. "[It's an] incredible achievement. I’m really, really happy."