PARIS (AP) — Fabio Fognini of Italy overcame a cramping left leg and five match points to outlast Albert Montanes of Spain 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 11-9 Sunday at the French Open, reaching his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.
The match lasted 4 hours, 22 minutes, with the temperature in the 70s, and by the end, the 49th-ranked Fognini barely could move. His left thigh was massaged and wrapped during a series of visits from a trainer in the final set, including when play was halted in the middle of the 14th game.
The 38th-ranked Montanes was broken while serving for the match at 5-3 in the fifth, and he later failed to convert match points on Fognini's serve at 8-7 and at 9-8.
Fognini broke Montanes to lead 10-9, then served out the victory, closing it with a backhand winner.