Fabio Fognini wins brilliant point after dropping his racquet at the Rio Open

Rio Open 2018 - Day 1

Fabio Fognini achieved an impressive comeback victory against Thomas Bellucci in their first-round match in Rio de Janeiro on Monday night.

After losing the first set in a tiebreak, Fognini was 0-4 down to the hosts' representative in the second but the Italian fifth seed managed to turn the things around in impressive fashion.

And the way he won the second set particularly caught the eye of tennis fans in attendance and watching on TV around the world.

Serving with a set point, he unintentionally dropped his racquet right at the start of the rally but somehow still managed to win and claim the second set.

Fognini sent down the serve to his Brazilian opponent, but almost as soon as he hit the ball, the 30-year-old lost his grip on the racquet and it fell towards the ground.

Fortunately, it bounced back up off the clay quickly enough to allow Fognini to catch it before Bellucci had even had a chance to connect with the return and fully take advantage.

Everything happened so fast, Bellucci must have seen what had happened out of the corner of his eye but just couldn't capitalise.

Rio Open 2018 - Day 1

It didn't take too long before the Italian was in the ascendency and eventually sealed the point and the set with a magnificent two-handed backhand overhead volley.

See a video of the incredible point below:

"I've never seen that in my life," exclaimed the match commentator.

It looks like that moment turned the match in Fognini's favour, as he dominated the third set to claim victory 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 6-2 in two hours and 50 minutes.

Fabio Fognini will now face USA representative Tennys Sandgren in the second round later tonight.

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