ROME – Spain’s Albert Ramos and Italy’s Fabio Fognini both pulled off upset victories on Wednesday to advance to the third round of the Italian Open.
World No. 41 Ramos managed to beat world No. 9 John Isner of the United States 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5).
The Spanish player needed two hours and 54 minutes to avenge his 2017 loss to Isner in the same tournament.
Also Wednesday, world No. 21 Fognini defeated world No. 8 Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 over two hours and six minutes.
After the match, Theim said it “was a very intense fight, basically from the beginning to the end. So I’m disappointed that I lost, obviously. But game-wise, I’m not really disappointed.”
For the third round, Ramos is set to take on either Serbia’s Novak Djokovic or Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili, while Fognini is scheduled to face Peter Gojowczyk of Germany.