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Fognini stuns Nadal in Monte Carlo semis

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MONACO (AP) Fabio Fognini ended Rafael Nadal's long winning streak at the Monte Carlo Masters, stunning the defending champion 6-4, 6-2 Saturday to reach the final for the first time and hand Nadal his first defeat here since the 2015 semifinals.

The 13th-seeded Italian had beaten Nadal twice before on clay, and also once at the U.S. Open in five sets, but this was arguably the most impressive.

"I played one of my worst matches in 14 years," Nadal said. "We can talk about technical and tactical things, but on this kind of day things are just not there. It's difficult to find an explanation."

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1 N. Djokovic 11,070
2 R. Nadal 8,725
3 A. Zverev 6,040
4 R. Federer 5,590
5 D. Thiem 4,765
6 K. Nishikori 4,200
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