ATP Tour

Fognini gives obscene gesture

Fabio Fognini (AFP)
Fabio Fognini (AFP)

Shanghai - Fabio Fognini of Italy bumped into the Chinese wildcard who beat him and gave an obscene gesture to the crowd at the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday.

Fognini, a 10-year professional ranked 17th in the world, was upset by the 553rd-ranked Wang Chuhan, who was making his ATP Tour debut.

After Wang won 7-6 (5), 6-4, Fognini gave Wang a little shove with his arm as they crossed paths, then flashed his middle finger to the crowd upon exiting.

The Italian, known for his fiery temper, has lost five of his last six matches since reaching the Cincinnati quarterfinals in August.

Wang next plays Tunisian qualifier Malek Jaziri for a spot in the third round.

In other matches, Russian Mikhail Youzhny eliminated 12th-seeded Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-4, 6-1, and Feliciano Lopez of Spain beat Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia 6-7 (12), 6-3, 6-4 to set up a second-round match with Rafael Nadal.

Shanghai Masters results on Tuesday:

Second round:
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) bt Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) 7-6 (8/6), 6-3
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) bt Kevin Anderson (RSA x16) 6-4, 6-2

First round:
Andy Murray (GBR x11) bt Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) 6-1, 7-5
Martin Klizan (SVK) bt Samuel Groth (AUS) 7-6 (7/1), 6-3
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) bt Santiago Giraldo (COL) 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-1
Julien Benneteau (FRA) bt Zhang Ze (CHN) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
Wang Chuhan (CHN) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x15) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4
Gilles Simon (FRA) bt Guillermo Garca-Lpez (ESP) 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
Ivan Dodig (CRO) bt Pablo Cuevas (URU) 7-5, 6-2
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) bt Ernests Gulbis (LAT x12) 6-4, 6-1
Steve Johnson (USA) bt Andrey Golubev (KAZ) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) bt Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 6-7 (12/14), 6-3, 6-4
Jerzy Janowicz (POL) bt Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (8/6)
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) bt Wu Di (CHN) 6-4, 6-1

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