Third-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy saved three match points before reaching the final of the Croatia Open on Saturday, beating Gael Monfils of France 6-0, 3-6, 7-6 (3) in match full of momentum swings and turnarounds.
Fognini brushed aside Monfils in the first set, losing just 10 points, but then made a number of unforced errors in the second as the Frenchman leveled the match.
Fognini then jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the third set before Monfils fought back again. The Frenchman saved two match points when trailing 5-3, but then wasted three of his own at 6-5.
Fognini trailed 2-0 in the tiebreaker before recovering to reach his first Croatia Open final and stay on course for a third title in as many weeks after winning in Stuttgart and Hamburg. Fognini now has 13 singles victories in a row. He reached the semis in Umag in 2008 and 2011.
''I started really solid at the beginning, but slowed down in the second set,'' he said. ''It will be my third final in a row, I will try to win. I am tired, but mentally I go for the third title.''
He will play the winner between fellow Italian Andreas Seppi and Tommy Robredo of Spain.