The fourth day in Melbourne Park had a lot of fabric to cut. Especially for three matches that were defined in the fifth set with amazing endings for the impartial ones and for the heart attack for those involved.
In the first instance, Spanish Feliciano Lopez, at 39, turned a monumental match against the Italian Lorenzo Sonego in what is his 75th consecutive participation in a Grand Slam tournament. It was a triumph for who is the director of the Madrid Masters 1000 by 5-7, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 and 6-4.
In a more than spicy duel between Italians, Fabio Fognini and Salvatore Caruso Sparks were drawn on and off the court. It was victory by 4-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 and 7-6 (12) for Fogna. Once the match was over, the countrymen had a busy discussion and were separated by the umpire.
Finally, the (almost) surprise of the day: Thanasi Kokkinakis fought with all his might in his second match after returning to the circuit and led the definition of his match against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas to the fifth set. The tournament’s seeded No. 5 took victory 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-1, 6-7 (5) and 6-4 in an epic battle.