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Fognini advances at Monte Carlo Masters

Monaco – Fabio Fognini of Italy was two points away from defeat before rallying to beat Joao Sousa 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Sousa led 5-2 and 30-0 on Fognini's serve, but the Portuguese player lost his composure and then started complaining to the chair umpire at the end of the second set and midway through the third.

Fabio Fognini was two points away from defeat before rallying to beat Joao Sousa in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images. Credit: Getty Images

The 10th-seeded Fognini, who lost to title-holder Novak Djokovic in last year's semifinal, was the highest seeded player in action Monday in the clay-court tournament.

In other first round matches, there were victories for Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, Czech players Radek Stepanek and Lukas Rosol, and Spaniard Albert Montanes. – Sapa-AP

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