However, the flamboyant Italian couldn’t get the break back, so would have to go the distance if he was to win this match.
Kohlschreiber won the second game of the following set, as Fognini’s body language started to turn sour.
Fognini, the world No 13, was erratic in his first match in Auckland but managed to battle through in a third-set tiebreaker.
In this match his play was equally as inconsistent, but this time the more experienced Kohlschreiber worked out how to get the better of him, by keeping the pressure on Fognini in the rallies and forced the mistakes.
For all the thrilling moments