ATP Tour

Lajovic overhauls Medvedev to reach Monte Carlo final

accreditation
Dusan Lajovic (Getty Images)
Dusan Lajovic (Getty Images)

Monte Carlo - Unseeded Dusan Lajovic scored a wind-blown 7-5, 6-1 victory over Daniil Medvedev at the Monte Carlo Masters on Saturday to reach his first career final.

The 48th-ranked Serb will face the winner from the other semi-final between 11-time champion Rafael Nadal and Italy's 13th seed Fabio Fognini.

The match was played in a distracting, swirling conditions, with Lajovic making a recovery from 5-1 down after changing strategy when his Russian opponent had the upper hand.

Lajovic ran off 10 straight games to claim the opening set in an hour and take a 4-0 lead in the second.

"I was completely out of rhythm, to start. It was the worst nightmare, being 5-1 down," Lajovic said.

"It was impossible for us to play real tennis," he added. "I started moving to the ball.

"Before I had been waiting to see where it was going, this was the turning point.

"I'm still unaware of reaching the final, but I'm enjoying it," added the player who has not dropped a set all week.

"I'm looking forward to playing the final, no matter whom I play I will be the total underdog."

A shell-shocked Medvedev exited in 95 minutes.

The Russian came to the semis after knocking out top seeded world number one Novak Djokovic 24 hours earlier.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
loading... Live
Australia 0
England 147/10
Voting Booth
What are your views on the World Rugby men's Player of the Year nominations for 2021 not including any Springboks?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
It's a disgrace! Both Siya Kolisi AND Eben Etzebeth should have been nominated!
39% - 5640 votes
Siya, at the very least, should have been included after a superb season
7% - 939 votes
Etzebeth has been SA's best player this year and should feel hard done by
21% - 2965 votes
Get over it! Moaning about this just sounds like sour grapes!
33% - 4794 votes
Vote