Thiem and Zverev fall and clear the path of Djokovic and Nadal

Dominic Thiem, champion in Indian Wells, said goodbye in eighths to yield by 6-3 and 6-3 before Dusan Lajovic. Alexander Zverev lost to Fognini 7-6 (6) and 6-1.

The Austrian Dominic Thiem, champion this season at Indian Wells, said goodbye this Thursday in the third round of the Masters 1000 of Montecarlo to yield by 6-3 and 6-3 before the Serbian Dusan Lajovic, which thus clears the way to the final of his compatriot Novak Djokovic, with his permission, of course, or that of Lorenzo Sonego, and before that of Daniil Medvedev, rival of number one in rooms.

For the first time in six confrontations, the player of Belgrade found the formula to beat Dominic Thiem, finalist last year at Roland Garros and starting as fourth seed in Monte Carlo. In an hour and 32 minutes, Lajovic certified his move to the quarterfinals, where he will face the Italian Lorenzo Sonego, who beat the British Cameron Norrie (6-2 and 7-5) .

The Italian Fabio Fognini left the Masters 1000 of Montecarlo without another one of its main aspirants, the German Alexander Zverev, third player of the world that went by the side of Nadal and that was surpassed by the transalpine in the eighth of end. Fognini, who had never before been able to beat the German, with whom he crossed in the tournaments of Roma and Pekin, both in 2017, won by 7-6 (6) and 6-1 in an hour and a half.

Zverev, finalist in Acapulco, his best role so far this year, fell apart after losing the first set in the tiebreaker. It was a balanced sleeve. Each one sustained by his serve. The Italian, eighteenth in the world, was better in the tiebreaker that gave him the advantage in the match. He did not react after Alexander Zverev. Quite the opposite. The loss of the sleeve affected the German, who yielded his serve and ran into a 3-0 against he no longer exceeded.

Sincapacity to cope with the situation Zverev resigned himself to his fate while Fognini won with determination to cite in quarters with the Croatian Borna Coric, which stopped the good trajectory of the French Pierre Hugues Herbert (6-4 and 6-2) .

All the results of the Masters 1000 of Montecarlo.

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