Fabio Fognini went from the outrageous to the sublime with a reverse backhand winner in Rome

Fabio Fognini lobbed Dominic Thiem with this reverse backhand flick during their second round match at the Rome Masters

Fabio Fognini got the Foro Italico crowd fired up with an improvised reverse backhand winner during his win against Dominic Thiem at the Rome Masters.

Italy’s top player came out wearing a black shirt with a red lightning bolt design down his chest and was energised from the start as he produced a 6-4 1-6 6-3 win over sixth-seeded Thiem on Wednesday.

Fognini, ranked 21, kept his nerve to seal victory and set up a meeting with Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk before a possible quarter-final showdown with top seed Rafael Nadal.

Click on the play button in the video above to watch Fognini’s outrageous reverse backhand winner…

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