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Indian Wells, Fognini’s race ends: he yields to Tsitsipas in 3 sets


Oct 13, 2021

Fabio Fognini’s race ends at Indian Wells, the blue number 30 in the world ranking, after the success in three sets against the German Jan-Lennard Struff he lost 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, after more than two hours of game, to the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, n.3 of the world, in the challenge of the third round. Excellent start of the Ligurian who was ahead a set and a break before undergoing the comeback of his opponent. After dominating the first set 6-2 by breaking the serve from the Greek, both in the first and in the fifth game (but the Greek also had to cancel three break points in the third and two more in the seventh), Fabio took a break advantage also at the beginning of the second half. Then came the reaction of Tsitsipas which resulted in a partial of five games to one that allowed him to equalize the set count (6-3). In the decisive set Fognini continued to try but, after missing two break points in the second game, he was the one who lost the serve to zero in the fifth. The 23-year-old from Athens took the opportunity to climb 4-2 and it was the decisive draw: the blue in three or four other occasions showed shots that only he is able to do but it was not enough, and Tsitsipas has filed practice at the second match-point (6-4) with the tenth ace. Unfriendly exchange of words between the two at the time of the handshake.