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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.

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