French Open 2018: Unpredictable Fabio Fognini outlasts Kyle Edmund to reach last-16https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/tennis/french-open-fabio-fognini-vs-kyle-edmund-result-score-5201642/

French Open 2018: Unpredictable Fabio Fognini outlasts Kyle Edmund to reach last-16

With Marco Cecchinato also through, Italy has two players in the fourth round for the first time since Corrado Barazzutti and Adriano Panatta in 1976.

Italy's Fabio Fognini clenches his fist after scoring a point against Britain's Kyle Edmund during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros
Fabio Fognini edged Kyle Edmund in a marathon five setter. (Source: AP)

Italian maverick Fabio Fognini edged a topsy-turvy five-setter against British number one Kyle Edmund to reach the fourth round of the French Open on Saturday.

King of the unpredictable, the 18th seed mixed dazzling brilliance with careless errors and even lost 16 points in a row at one stage before prevailing 6-3 4-6 3-6 6-4 6-4.

Edmund’s level also fluctuated throughout the three-hour 34 minute contest in which both players needed medical timeouts.

After breaks were swapped like hot potatoes in the opening four sets, the decider went with service until Australian Open semi-finalist Edmund stepped up to serve at 4-5.

The 23-year-old then buckled, going 0-40 down, and although he saved one match point, Fognini forced the error on the next to reach the last 16 for only the second time on his 11th appearance at Roland Garros.

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With Marco Cecchinato also through, Italy has two players in the fourth round here for the first time since Corrado Barazzutti and Adriano Panatta survived that far in 1976.