World No. 38 Fabio Fognini couldn't hide his happiness after recovering from a set down to surprise No. 4 seed Pablo Carreno Busta in Rio de Janeiro. Fognini, a former world No. 9, claimed a 5-7 6-4 6-3 win over Carreno Busta in the Rio de Janeiro round-of-16.
Fognini admits he has good memories from Rio de Janeiro as he is hoping to again make a deep run. Fognini ended runner-up at the Rio Open in 2015 and also made the semifinal at the tournament in 2018. “For sure I’m happy because of the feeling that I worked,” Fognini said after the match, per the ATP website.
“I’m really happy of course about my victory and my performance, especially because I was fighting until the end. “In Rio I have really good memories. This South American swing has always been my favourite place to be, so I’m really happy to be back in the quarter-finals here in Rio”.
Fognini claimed a comeback win
Fognini made a good start to the match, having broken Carreno Busta in the opening game of the match. Fognini blew two set points on his serve in the 10th game as Carreno Busta broke back to level the set at five games apiece.
Carreno Busta then claimed his second break in the 12th game to steal the opener from Fognini. After losing the first set, Fognini broke Carreno Busta in the ninth game of the second set and served out for a decider in the 10th game.
Fognini blew an early third set break but broke Carreno Busta again in the seventh and ninth games to complete a comeback win. Meanwhile, Argentine Diego Schwartzman destroyed Pedro Martinez 6-1 6-1. "The beginning was unbelievable," Schwartzman said following the victory.
"Twenty-five minutes, I don't know if I've seen something like this before. After that I think I played almost a perfect match."