Fognini battles back from brink in upset

Fabio Fognini has saved two match points and recovered from a set down to upset top seed Roberto Bautista Agut and reach the final of the St Petersburg Open.

Fognini won just two games in the opening set and trailed 3-1 in the second, but hit back to win two tiebreaks and seal a 2-6 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-5) victory in a match lasting almost two and a half hours.

The third seed recovered from 5-3 down in the decisive tiebreak and will face Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Damir Dzumhur in the final after the unseeded player beat Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3 7-5.

“It was a great day for me,” Dzumhur said. “I played from the start until the end at a high level. I think I took my chances. Today was one of the best matches of the past few months for me. I’m really happy to go through to my second final.

“I knew that I had to play better than yesterday (against Liam Broady) and I tried to fix the things that didn’t work yesterday, especially my serve and my forehand.”

In Metz, home favourite Benoit Paire will attempt to win his second ATP World Tour title after reaching the final of the Moselle Open by beating Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1 7-6 (7-5).

Paire will face German qualifier Peter Gojowczyk, who advanced when fifth seed and compatriot Mischa Zverev retired down 6-3 1-0 because of the flu.

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