Wednesday, 21 Augst 2019 | 12:08 WIB

Fabio Fognini Advances to Second Round of Italian Open

Fabio Fognini Advances to Second Round of Italian Open (gazzettadelsud)

MILAN, NETRALNEWS.COM - Italian tennis player Fabio Fognini has advanced to the second round of the Italian Open (Internazionali BNL d'Italia) after beating Jo Wilfried Tsonga of France 6-3, 6-4 on Monday (05/13/2019) local time.

This is Fognini's second successive victory over Tsonga, having previously won at Indian Wells 2017, out of a total of six of their meetings. All four other meetings were won by Tsonga.

"Playing the first round against Jo - was a very difficult match, because of course he was injured. His knee was operated on. He tried to restore his best appearance, but at the same time I knew that this could be very dangerous," Fognini was quoted from the ATP website. , Tuesday (05/14/2019).

"I am happy, of course, happy because especially for me here, it is always difficult to play. But I am happy with my performance, happy to be in the second round again in Rome," he added.

In the second round, the Italian who became the 10th seed will fight the winner of the match between Radu Albot against Benoit Paire.

Meanwhile, Croatian Borna Boric avenged his defeat to Felix Auger-Aliassime at the last Miami Open, beating the Canadian in the first round in Italy.

Coric rose from losing the opening set to beat 30th-ranked Auger Aliassime 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4.

Furthermore Coric will fight Cameron Norrie of England who won 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 over John Millman from Australia.

Some other players who also won in the first round were Roberto Bautista Agut, Fernando Verdasco and Philipp Kohlschreiber.