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Fognini: Happy Days

Happiness helped spark Fabio Fognini's historic Monte-Carlo title run.

The 31-year-old Fognini snapped 11-time champion Rafael Nadal's 18-match Monte-Carlo winning streak in the semifinals then swept unseeded Dusan Lajovic in the final to become the first Italian Masters champion in history.

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The sometime volatile Fognini, who arrived in the Principality mired in a five-match losing streak on clay and pained by wrist and ankle issues, said personal happiness has led to professional success.

Spending time with wife, 2015 US Open champion Flavia Pennetta, and the couple's son, Federico, have given Fognini a sense of calm. 

"I have everything in my life. That’s true," Fognini said. "I feel happy because — of course happy because when you do your work and you do it great and win, in that case, we are talking about winning a big title, I have to be happy.

"In my life, I have everything. Healthy, I have baby, I have wife that it’s, they are with me all the time, so nothing to ask. More than that. Maybe a second one, but we have time."

Fognini more than doubled Nadal's winner output—21 to 10—joining Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem and Gaston Gaudio as the fourth man to post at least three clay-court victories over Nadal.

Rising to a career-high rank of No. 12, Fognini is aiming to crack the Top 10 after some well-earned rest.

"I’m happy because I just won a tournament," Fognini said. "The consequence is best ranking, whatever we can call it. But just feel happy because I won a big tournament that was always my goal in my career. 

"I think everybody, when you’re growing up and you start and you decide to play tennis, you are dreaming to win a big tournament. We are talking about Masters Series and the next one it’s a Grand Slam. So is the second in the line level."

Photo credit: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters