Stefanos Tsitsipas fights past Fabio Fognini 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the last 16

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Tsitispas rallies past Fabio Fognini 2-6 6-3 6-4 to book his first trip to the round of 16 at BNP Paribas Open

The Greek was rattled early on against the 30th seed, but worked his way back into the match for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory in two hours and four minutes.

The Italian wasn’t happy with coaching from Apostolos his father from the stands and told him at the end of the match.

“Great comeback, honestly… I don’t know what happened,” Tsitsipas said. “I really wanted to get back in the match and it happened somehow.

“From [a set and a break down] I just took it point by point and it worked out pretty well. A good mindset and also a bit of patience helped as well. I found solutions in those tough moments and really felt like I had momentum.”

Tsitsipas carried the advantage to level the match at a set apiece and capitalised on a string of loose unforced errors from the Italian to land the crucial break for 3-2 in the deciding set and never looked back as he extended his tour-leading match wins this season to 53.

He will face Australian Alex De Minaur tomorrow night.