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591. 

Who became the first Italian to win an ATP Masters 1000 title?

[A]. Potito Starace
[B]. Daniele Bracciali
[C]. Fabio Fognini
[D]. Andreas Seppi

Answer: Option C

Explanation:

He achieved this feat at the Monte Carlo Masters by defeating Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 38 minutes. Fognini will rise to a career-high ranking of 12. Fognini had beaten Rafael Nadal in the semi-final. Fognini earns 1000 ATP Rankings points and receives Euro 958,055 in prize money. Lajovic gains 600 points and Euro 484,950 for his run to the championship match. Last time an Italian player Nicola Pietrangeli won the trophy in 1968. This event held every year at Monte Carlo Country Club. Fognini is the eighth player to win his first Masters 1000 title over the past 17 events at the elite level. In the 92 ATP Masters 1000 events prior to 2017 Rome, only eight players won their first Masters 1000 crown.

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