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Recovering Lajovic clinches Monte Carlo semifinal spot

Dusan Lajovic had to summon all of his resources after falling ill last week, booking a place in the Monte Carlo Masters semifinals with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Lorenzo Sonego on Friday.The Serb surprise could find himself in a battle with compatriot and world No 1 Novak Djokovic if the top seed goes past Russia’s Daniil Medvedev later.

Rafael Nadal, the 11-time tournament champion, faces a quarterfinal against Argentine Guido Pella.The 48th-ranked Lajovic had reached the quarters through a Thursday upset of 2018 Roland Garros finalist Dominic Thiem, the fourth seed.He needed just over an hour and three-quarters to see off Italian qualifier Sonego in a first-time meeting.Lajovic broke in the penultimate game with a drop shot winner and then served out the victory against the world number 96.

There had been few expectations after falling ill prior to the tournament start.( Read More ) [via @SuperSportTV]

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