ROME – Italian No. 1 Fabio Fognini on Thursday defeated Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk 6-4, 6-4, earning a place in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open, a World Tour Masters 1000 clay court tournament held in Rome.
After pulling off a big upset stunning Austrian sixth seed Dominic Thiem in the previous round, Fognini saw his serve broken early in the first set.
The home-favorite, however, collected himself and won the last four games of the first set against Gojowczyk, world No. 53.
The second set went with serve until Fognini managed to break his rival’s serve at 5-4 and earn his first quarterfinals appearance in Rome.
Fognini is set to play either Spaniard Rafael Nadal, world No. 2, or Canadian rising star Denis Shapovalov, 19, who take part in the tournament for the first time.