Italy's Fognini beats Spain's Montanes in 5 sets

May 29, 2011 - 9:44 AM
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Fabio Fognini of Italy returns against Albert Montanes of Spain in his fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday May 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

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.