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Defending champion Andy Murray crashed out of the 2017 Italian Open on Tuesday as he lost in straight sets to Fabio Fognini, 6-2, 6-4.

Novak Djokovic avoided an upset as he eased past Aljaz Bedene to progress to the third round in Rome in straight sets, 7-6 (2), 6-2.

Meanwhile, David Goffin came from behind to beat Fernando Verdasco in three sets, while Johanna Konta swept Yulia Putintseva aside 6-3, 6-0.

Maria Sharapova was forced to retire against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni because of injury. Here are the day’s top results:

Italy Open 2017: Selected Tuesday Results
(9) David Goffin bt. Fernando Verdasco 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
(2) Novak Djokovic bt. Aljaz Bedene 7-6 (2), 6-2
Fabio Fognini bt. (1) Andy Murray 6-2, 6-4
(16) Alexander Zverev bt. Kevin Anderson 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
(6) Marin Cilic bt. Ryan Harrison 6-3, 6-2
(12) Tomas Berdych bt. Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 6-4
(13) Jack Sock bt. Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 1-6, 7-5
(15) Pablo Carreno Busta bt. Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-3
Daria Gavrilova bt. (10) Madison Keys 2-6, 7-5, 7-5
(5) Johanna Konta bt. Yulia Putintseva 6-3, 6-0
(15) Kiki Bertens bt. Monica Niculescu 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
Julia Goerges bt. (13) Kristina Mladenovic 7-6 (6), 7-5
(16) Mirjana Lucic-Baroni bt. Maria Sharapova 6-4, 3-6, 1-2 ret.
(7) Svetlana Kuznetsova bt. Katerina Siniakova 6-1, 7-6 (3)
Sources: ATPWorldTour, Tennis.com

Results in full and Tuesday’s schedule are available on the tournament’s official website.

                                                                  

Tuesday Recap

Fognini flew out of the traps against Murray as he powered to a 4-0 lead in the opening set, per TennisTV:

Murray was finally able to stop the rot and hold a pair of service matches and even earn a break point in between, but the Italian resolutely held on, soon sealing the first set with a classy forehand winner.

Fognini earned another early break in the second when the world No. 1 made a backhand error, and a booming cross-court forehand helped the 29-year-old on his way to going a double break up for the second time.

Murray broke back on the way from 5-1 down to 5-4, but Fognini successfully served out the match at the second time of asking, per TennisTV:


Bedene matched Djokovic shot-for-shot for much of the opening set as the Serbian struggled slightly to get going, and the Brit broke him in the first game.

The Djoker hit back immediately, but there was little to separate the pair until they reached the tiebreaker, where Djokovic showed his class and cruised to the set, dropping just two points.

The pair began the second set with a lengthy game on Bedene’s serve, and the 27-year-old fought valiantly to try to hold his serve, per TennisTV:           


Despite his best efforts, he succumbed, and from there Djokovic seized the initiative and soon broke him again to take full control of the match.

After three match points at 5-2, Bedene’s resistance finally crumbled, and Djokovic sealed his place in the next round.

Konta made short work of Putintseva in their match, even easing to a 6-3 victory in the opening set despite not playing that well herself, per tennis writer Jake Davies:

A more composed second set saw the Brit race to a bagel to wrap up a comfortable victory.

Sharapova was broken early on by Lucic-Baroni, a deficit she was unable to make up in a hard-fought first set.

The Russian hit back in the second, helped by consecutive double-faults from her opponent, to force a decider. They would manage just three games, though, as Sharapova—with her left thigh strapped up—had to retire.

Per the New York Times‘ Ben Rothenberg, the retirement capped a day to forget for her:


Adrian Mannarino would lose his match with Pablo Cuevas 6-4, 7-6 (2), but the Frenchman produced the shot of the day when with a jaw-dropping effort, via TennisTV:


Kristina Mladenovic played with “some pain” in the final of the Madrid Open on Sunday, per BBC Sport, and she was perhaps still suffering the effects of that match when she took on Julia Goerges, with the German winning in straight sets.

Local favourite Roberta Vinci also exited in straight sets, though unlike Mladenovic, she was unable to even keep the scoreline competitive as Ekaterina Makarova romped to a 6-1, 6-1 win.



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