Joao Sousa saves four match points against Frances Tiafoe to set up Roger Federer clash

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Joao Sousa serving

Joao Sousa upset Frances Tiafoe in the first round of the Italian Open and his reward is a second-round match against Roger Federer.

The Portuguese took three hours and two minutes to beat Tiafoe 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-4), saving four match points in game 12 of the third set.

Sousa also found himself 1-4 behind in the deciding tie-break, but he won the remaining six points to earn a blockbuster clash against third seed Federer, who will be playing in Rome for the first time in three years.

The winner of the Federer-Sousa match will face Borna Coric after the 13th seed reached the third round with a 6-2, 6-2 win over British No 2 Cameron Norrie.

Russian Karen Khachanov had more of a workout as the 11th seed required three sets to beat Roberto Bautista from Spain 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 while 14th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili beat Laslo Djere 7-5, 6-4.

Basilashvili awaits the winner of the Rafael Nadal-Jeremy Chardy match in the third round.

Meanwhile, ninth seed Marin Cilic earned himself a clash against Jan-Lennard Struff with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Italian wildcard Andrea Basso.

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