Fognini in extraordinary 'bomb should go off' rant

Fabio Fognini (AFP)
Fabio Fognini (AFP)

London - Fabio Fognini said a "bomb should go off" at Wimbledon as he crashed out of the third round on Saturday.

The Italian 12th seed was beaten by US world No 94 Tennys Sandgren 6-3, 7-6 (12/10), 6-3 on the compact Court 14.

"It's fair to play here? Damned English, really. Damned, really. Wish a bomb would explode on this club. A bomb should explode here," he fumed in Italian.

Speaking afterwards, Fognini, who is no stranger to on-court outbursts, continued voicing his irritation.

"The court was not really good," the 32-year-old said.

"Most of the time when you're on court, you're frustrated. For sure, I was not happy about my performance today because I was knowing I have a lot to win in this case, because was I thinking I have a good chance to win.

"Something happen on court, if I feel sorry for somebody, I have to say sorry. Now I have to be focused on the second half of the season."

He added: "I say sorry. If somebody feel offended, I say sorry. No problem."

Had he won, he would have gone on to face unseeded American Sam Querrey for a place in the quarter-finals.

Despite being the fourth-biggest men's seed playing on Saturday, his match was shunted onto the lowly Court 14, an outside court with just 318 seats.

"That's the schedule. Schedule like that. Nothing to say," Fognini said.

Wimbledon results on Saturday (x denotes seeding):


Third round

Sam Querrey (USA) bt John Millman (AUS) 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (10/8), 6-3

Tennys Sandgren (USA) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x12) 6-3, 7-6 (14/12), 6-3

Joao Sousa (POR) bt Daniel Evans (GBR) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4

Rafael Nadal (ESP x3) bt Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 6-2, 6-3, 6-2

Kei Nishikori (JPN x8) bt Steve Johnson (USA) 6-4, 6-3, 6-2

Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) bt Jan-Lennard Struff (GER x33) 6-3, 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 7-5

Matteo Berrettini (ITA x17) bt Diego Schwartzman (ARG x24) 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/2), 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3

Roger Federer (SUI x2) bt Lucas Pouille (FRA x27) 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (7/4)


Third round

Ashleigh Barty (AUS x1) bt Harriet Dart (GBR) 6-1, 6-1

Alison Riske (USA) bt Belinda Bencic (SUI x13) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Serena Williams (USA x11) bt Julia Goerges (GER x18) 6-3, 6-4

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP x30) bt Lauren Davis (USA) 6-3, 6-3

Barbora Strycova (CZE) bt Kiki Bertens (NED x4) 7-5, 6-1

Elise Mertens (BEL x21) bt Qiang Wang (CHN x15) 6-2, 6-7 (9/11), 6-4

Johanna Konta (GBR x19) bt Sloane Stephens (USA x9) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

Petra Kvitova (CZE x6) bt Magda Linette (POL) 6-3, 6-2

Wimbledon men's singles last 16 line-up (x denotes seeded player):

Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) v Ugo Humbert (FRA) 

David Goffin (BEL x21) v Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

Guido Pella (ARG x26) v Milos Raonic (CAN x15)

Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x23) Benoit Paire (FRA x28)

Sam Querrey (USA) v Tennys Sandgren (USA)

Joao Sousa (POR) v Rafael Nadal (ESP x3)

Kei Nishikori (JPN x8) v Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)

Matteo Berrettini (ITA x17) v Roger Federer (SUI x2)

Wimbledon women's singles last 16 line-up (x denotes seeded player):

Ashleigh Barty (AUS x1) v Alison Riske (USA)

Serena Williams (USA x11) v Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP x30)

Elise Mertens (BEL x21) v Barbora Strycova (CZE) 

Petra Kvitova (CZE x6) v Johanna Konta (GBR x19)  

Elina Svitolina (UKR x8) v Petra Martic (CRO x24)

Karolina Muchova (CZE) v Karolina Pliskova (CZE x3)

Simona Halep (ROM x7) v Coco Gauff (USA)

Zhang Shuai (CHN) v Dayana Yastremska (UKR)

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