Fognini rallies past Rublev to move into Monte Carlo second round

Fognini rallies past Rublev to move into Monte Carlo second round

The No. 13-seeded Italian was a few points away from defeat.

Fabio Fognini is through to the second round after rallying from a set down to top Andrey Rublev, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, in Monte Carlo.

Before this tournament, Fognini, had only won one match since reaching the third round of the Australian Open. Last week, he lost to No. 101-ranked Jiri Vesely in the Marrakech opener, causing him to smash multiple racquets.

"It's a difficult time for me," Fognini said after his match. "I didn't start very well this year, so I think it's very important winning at the moment."

The No. 13-seeded Italian will next face either Gilles Simon or AlexeiPopyrin.