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Fabio Fognini beats Gael Monfils in French Open classic

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Gael Monfils and Fabio Fognini shake hands
Both players said there were no hard feelings following a bad-tempered match

Fabio Fognini maintained his composure to seal a tense five-set win over home favourite Gael Monfils in the second round of the French Open.

The match was halted on Wednesday shortly before 2200 local time with the match poised at 5-5 in the decider.

Both players were unhappy with the decision, with Fognini docked a time penalty point, but the Italian returned on Thursday to win 2-6 4-6 7-5 6-4 9-7.

Sixth seed Andy Roddick beat Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic 6-3 5-7 6-4 6-2.

The American struggled with his serve on the damp clay as rain forced both players off on two occasions on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

"I couldn't get my serve to go anywhere and the ball was just sitting up," said Roddick, who was broken seven times by Kavcic.

"I woke up this morning, looked out my window, and knew that it was gonna be a long one.

He beat me fair and square

Gael Monfils

"I'm going in knowing it's gonna be poor tennis. You know, I just want to be the less bad one out there."

But despite playing with a benign serve, Roddick manage to see off his spirited opponent just under three hours to set up a third-round match against Russia's Teimuraz Gabashvili.

However, the eyes of the home crowd were fixed on 13th seed Monfils and world number 92 Fognini following the controversial halting of their enthralling match in the fading Parisian light on Wednesday.

Both players were incensed with officials with the match delicately poised in the fifth set.

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Monfils, who reached the quarter-finals in Paris last year and the semi-finals in 2008, squandered two break points on Fognini's serve when the game resumed in the early evening.

And despite the audible boos from the partisan crowd when the match resumed on Phillippe Chatrier, Fognini managed to hold serve before wrapping up the match in 31 minutes.

"He beat me fair and square," said Monfils.

A delighted Fognini responded: "It's a great match. Look at the score. It's an incredible match."



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