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Rome Masters: Rune knocks out home hope Fognini to make last 16

Holger Rune defeated Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday. He’ll play Australian qualifier Alexei Popyrin in the next round

Holger Rune Rome AI / Reuters / Panoramic
Internazionali BNL d'Italia •Third round • completed
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Dane Holger Rune, the No 7 seed, reached the last 16 of the Rome Masters by winning against Italian wildcard Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-2 at the Foro Italico on Sunday.

Rune, ranked No 7, will play Australian qualifier Alexei Popyrin next.

The 20-year-old Dane beat French qualifier Arthur Fils (6-3, 6-3) in the previous round of the Italian Open.

It was a positive tournament for Fognini, who was striking the ball confidently in his first two matches.

Earlier in the tournament, Fognini, ranked No 130, edged out Andy Murray (6-4, 4-6, 6-4) and won against Serb Miomir Kecmanovic, the No 30 seed (6-3, 7-6 (6)).

Ultimately, the youthful talent of Holger Rune proved a step too far on this occasion for the Italian veteran, who will now turn his attention to the French Open.

Rome Masters, other third-round results (Foro Italico, clay, EUR 7.705.780, most recent results first):

  • Borna Coric vs. Roberto Carballes Baena
  • Andrey Rublev vs. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
  • Alexander Shevchenko vs. Jannik Sinner
  • Casper Ruud vs. Alexander Bublik
  • Marton Fucsovics vs. Cameron Norrie
  • Novak Djokovic vs. Grigor Dimitrov
  • Laslo Djere vs. Cristian Garin
  • Francisco Cerundolo (24) beat Gregoire Barrere: 6-7, 6-2, 6-2
  • Alexei Popyrin beat Roman Safiullin (Q): 7-5, 7-5

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