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Fognini, Cilic Win Wimbledon Openers

Wimbledon, Great Britain

Fognini© Getty ImagesFabio Fognini battled Alex Kuznetsov in the Wimbledon first round.

Fabio Fognini opened his 2014 Wimbledon campaign by surviving a strong test at the All England Club on Monday. The Italian recovered from a two-set deficit to triumph 2-6, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 9-7 over American qualifer Alex Kuznetsov in the first round.

The 16th seed, who also trailed by a service break in the fifth set, won 70 per cent of first-serve points and broke his opponent six times during the encounter that lasted three hours and nine minutes.

Fognini, whose best result at the All England Club was a third-round showing in 2010 (l. to Benneteau), next faces another qualifier, Tim Puetz. The German needed four sets to defeat Teymuraz Gabashvili 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in his tour-level debut.

Marin Cilic, seeded 26th, set up a second-round meeting with Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer after triumphing 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-1 over Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu. The 25-year-old Croat has reached the Wimbledon fourth round twice, falling to Arnaud Clement in 2008 and to Andy Murray in 2012.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Jurgen Melzer will have to wait one more day to determine who advances to the Wimbledon second round. The 14th-seeded Tsonga was serving for the match at 6-1, 3-6, 3-6, 6-2, 5-4 before play was suspended due to rain and, ultimately, darkness. Two Americans are in a similar situation, with Sam Querrey leading Bradley Klahn 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-1, 6-5 in a battle that will resume on Tuesday.

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