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12:43 - GRANOLLERS 6-3 6-4 MATCH! Granollers wins off that last match point on deuce as Fognini overhits an overhead smash. Silence in Rome, then cheers for a good showing from the Italian. Next up for the Spaniard is either Rafael Nadal - yikes! - or Florian Mayer. Rome drawsheet
12:42 - GRANOLLERS 6-3 5-4 Two match points for Granollers as Fognini serves like an ape, and the crowd is silenced... And he saves one with a wicked double-handed backhand down the line! Golly. Still match point - but saved again with another cool rally, ended with a casual smash. Hurrah! but he mis-hits a volley long! Match point again! but saved with a slamming forehand down the line! So tense!
12:30 - GRANOLLERS 6-3 4-4 Three break points for Granollers, but Fognini fights back. And fight he must - if Granollers takes this last one, he serves for the match! And boom! Wide open forehand from the Italian, and deuce. The home fans urge him on. And after some cagey baseline play on deuce, he holds as Granollers nets. Whoop! Five straight points from three break points down.
12:26 - Fognini smashes his racquet after getting caught out by a swirly defensive lob from Granollers. No warning.
12:24 - GRANOLLERS 6-3 3-3 BREAK Oh Fabio, why tease them so? After almost breaking Granollers a couple of times, he flops on serve and is broken after a pair of errors. Level pegging again.
12:17 - GRANOLLERS 6-3 2-3 Some cracking stuff on Court Centrale as Granollers just about holds Fognini off as the Italian pushed him all around deuce in a hunt for another break.
12:05 - GRANOLLERS 6-3 1-2 Great stuff from Fognini, scuttling about the baseline and making some difficult connections before forcing an error from Granollers, who goes long - break point! But Granollers sorts himself out with some powerful rallying and he moves to advantage, only for Fognini to power a huge smash away. Deuce. Good serve, then another, and Granollers gets on the board.
11:51 - GRANOLLERS 6-3 0-1 BREAK Fognini bounces a nice open forehand pass off the line to earn himself a break point at the start of the second - and he takes it as Granollers goes long!
11:47 - GRANOLLERS 6-3 SET The Spaniard holds Fognini off after his mini revival, holding then breaking to close out the first set.
11:34 - GRANOLLERS 4-2 BREAK A lovely rally, finished by a Fognini lob and he breaks back.
11:28 - GRANOLLERS 4-1 BREAK Granollers has broken again, Fognini had pushed him to deuce on the previous hold for the Spaniard but that game against serve was all too easy.
11:15 - GRANOLLERS 2-1 BREAK The Spaniard gets an early break before a ball change. The home crowd subdued by that.
11:10 - GRANOLLERS 0-1 This match gets underway and the Italian holds to love. Will drop by every now and again on this one.
11:05 - Granollers and Fognini are out hitting pre-match. The Spaniard is world number 26, the Italian 45, so neither are seeded. We'll be providing occasional coverage on this match. Head to head: 1-1, Fognini winning in Brazil two years ago and Granollers in Mexico the year before that. Both on clay.
|Date of Birth||12/04/1986|
|Date of Birth||24/05/1987|