On Tuesday (January 21st), the Italian 12th Seed, Fabio Fognini came back from two sets down and seized a muck-sweat victory surviving 35 Aces against the 6-ft 11-inch big server, 22-year-old American, Reilly Opelka, to cement his way in to the second round of 2020 Australian Open where the 32-year-old Italian who had nine ATP singles titles, would take on the 25-year-old Aussie, Jordan Thompson, as early as on Wednesday (January 22nd) in the Margaret Court Arena at local time 14.00, GMT.
03.00. As a matter of fact, the Fognini-Opelka battle was stopped on Monday (January 20th) following a heavy downpour while the charismatic Italian baseliner had been down by two sets, nonetheless, Fognini kept himself calm when play resumed on Tuesday and battled past the big-server American 3-6, 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (10/5), making only 20 unforced errors.
Meanwhile, following the three hours and thirty-minute long marathon duel, the 32-year-old Italian said in a post-match interview late on Tuesday, “I was lucky that the rain came on the right time. Yesterday he was playing better than me.
I only lost one break, and I was two sets down. These guys, they're always tough to play but we have to,” while praising the old-school Italian, Opelka said, “Fabio really stepped it up today, which I was expecting.
I remember watching him beat Nadal at the US Open down two sets. By no means was I expecting [to be] one set and out today. ”