Novak Djokovic booked his place in the Monte Carlo Masters final comfortabley overcoming an overmatched Fabio Fognini in straight sets 6-2 6-1 .
Fognini was subject to medical treatment as the Serb raced through a first set dominating every aspect of the match.
This was followed by a straightforward second set where the Serbian Slayer proved far too hot to handle and Fognini capitualated, drawing a close to the match in less than an hour.
Standing in Djokovic’s way of a first Monte Carlo title, is eight time champion Rafael Nadal. Nadal took his 46th consecutive win at Monte Carlo defeating the mercurial frenchman Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in straight sets.
Tsonga had opportunities but could not capitalise and made too many unforced errors at crucial moments in the match. Nadal took a first set littered with errors from the frenchman. The second set appeared to be a foregone conclusion as the Mallorcan stretched out to a 5-1 lead.
Not one to go quietly, Tsonga broke Nadal twice as he fought back valiantly to take the set to a tiebreak. Errors crept back in Tsonga’s game at critical moments and Nadal took over the tiebreak at 3-3 to clinch the match and another final slot.
It is ten years since Nadal lost a match at Monte Carlo (Gaston Gaudio, way back in 2003) but Djokovic will provide by far his sternest test since coming back from a seven month layoff.