Italy's Fabio Fognini returns the ball to Austria's Dominic Thiem during Rome's ATP Tennis Open tournament at the Foro Italico, on May 16, 2018 in Rome.
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Fabio Fognini got the Foro Italico crowd fired up Wednesday with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 win over sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem in the second round of the Italian Open.Nadal, a seven-time Rome champion, and four-time champion Novak Djokovic also advanced. Nadal routed 31st-ranked Damir Dzumhur 6-1, 6-0, while Djokovic beat Georgian qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-4, 6-2 .Djokovic will next face Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who rallied past eighth-seeded John Isner 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5).When Thiem netted a service return two points later to end it, the White Stripes' Seven Nation Army was blasted over the stadium sound system and the crowd began singing along in an atmosphere that more closely resembled a football game than a tennis match.Osaka wasted four break points and a chance to take a 2-0 lead in the first set, then lost 11 straight games.
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