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Fabio Fognini follows up Andy Murray row by spitting and mocking fan in Shanghai

Fabio Fognini spits during his Shanghai Masters win
Fognini was handed a code violation for spitting (Picture: Amazon Prime)

booked his spot in the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters with a straight units win over Karen Khachanov, however will see his on-court behaviour introduced into query as soon as once more.

Italy’s Fognini, 32, adopted up his fiery win over Andy Murray – in which Murray advised him to ‘shut up’ – by defeating seventh seed Khachanov 6-Three 7-5, however he was handed a code violation for spitting early in the second set.

Fognini is not any stranger to controversy. He infamously was booted out of the US Open after calling a feminine umpire a ‘whore’ and a ‘cocksucker’ in 2017, whereas he expressed his need for a bomb to blow up at Wimbledon earlier this yr.

Fabio Fognini gestures to a fan in the crowd during his Shanghai Masters win
Fognini engaged with a fan in the stands (Picture: Amazon Prime)

On this event, Fognini was sad with being known as for a foot fault by a line choose on a primary serve at 30-30 in the second recreation of the second set and after dropping the purpose with a shanked forehand, he spat a big quantity of saliva throughout the court docket in her route.

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The umpire handed him a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct for his troubles – a choice he clearly disagreed with – and he went on to be damaged courtesy of a double fault.

A recreation later, he gestured {that a} Khachanov supporter in the stands was loopy by pointing at his temple and supplied to purchase him some beer.

‘Go drink some beer… I pay for you,’ he joked earlier than finally regaining his focus and breaking the Russian again.

At the change of ends, he continued to defend himself over the violation for spitting, although the chair umpire remained unmoved.

In the sixth recreation of the second set, he was bemused for being handed a time violation after a prolonged fumble with balls and proceeded to repead ‘es de locos’, which interprets as ‘it’s loopy’.

Andy Murray rows with Fabio Fognini during the Shanghai Masters
Fognini rowed with Murray in the earlier spherical (Picture: TPN/Getty Images)

Despite his antics, Fognini did advance to the quarter-finals after an hour and 46 minutes and will subsequent face US Open runner-up .

Medvedev was compelled to avoid wasting 5 set factors in opposition to Canada’s Vasek Pospisil in the primary set, earlier than securing a 7-6 (9-7) 7-5 win.

Fognini continues to be in the hunt to affix Medvedev on the ATP Finals in November, he is presently 110 factors behind eighth-placed Alexander Zverev in the Race To London, though Zverev can lengthen that lead when he faces Russia’s Andrey Rublev in a while Thursday.

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