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MELBOURNE: The Italian Fabio Fognini (16 Semen) showed a clinical performance to date on Saturday (Jan. February) to stroll past Alex de Minaur 6-4 6-3 6-4 into the fourth round of the Australian Open and thus end the challenge of the host country in the men’s pull singles

Two days after 33-year-old Fognini secured a match point against compatriot Salvatore Caruso in five sets, he raised his level at his first meeting against 21 Seed De Minaur, the most senior male player in Australia

When Victoria put a five-day ban on Saturday to curb the spread of COVID-19, no home fans were in the Margaret Court Arena to bolster De Minaur’s mood or performance as Fognini proved too strong

“I knew from the start that it was going to be a very difficult game,” said Fognini in his interview in court. “Tonight it was obviously better for me without the crowd. He’s Australian, it was tough

“He’s really young, I’m almost 34, so he sure is a really good player, already in the top 20 He has everything to improve”

Fognini, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on both ankles last year, crunched one winner after another with his two-handed backhand, collecting a total of 25, compared to 13 for his opponent

Some mistakes crept into his game towards the end when De Minaur saved two match points to win a break, but the Italian was undeniable on the third and sealed the competition with a strong serve

“I played a really solid match,” added Fognini. “I got a little tired at the end of the game but I think that’s normal. I need matches like that”

Fognini broke De Minaur’s serve five times in three sets while taking two breaks himself

Next up for the Italian is the 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafa Nadal, who passed the other late game on Saturday with a 7: 5: 6: 2: 7: 5 win over Briton Cameron Norrie

Fognini, Cameron Norrie, Norrie

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