Monday 24 July 2017

'You're f**king arrogant' - home favourite Fognini tears into umpire after elimination from Rome Masters

ROME, ITALY - MAY 18: Fabio Fognini of Italy disputes a point with the umpire during the men's third round match against Alexander Zverev of Germany on Day Five of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia 2017 at the Foro Italico on May 18, 2017 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
ROME, ITALY - MAY 18: Fabio Fognini of Italy disputes a point with the umpire during the men's third round match against Alexander Zverev of Germany on Day Five of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia 2017 at the Foro Italico on May 18, 2017 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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World number 29 Fabio Fognini told match umpire Mohamed Lahyani that he was 'f**king arrogant' after the Italian crashed out of the Rome Masters in the round of 16 after a straight sets defeat to German Alexander Zverev.

Fognini, who defeated world number one Andy Murray in the previous round, lost the first set 6-3 to Zverev before first clashing with Lahyani over a Zverev serve in the second set.

Fognini requested that the umpire check the mark of Zverev's serve, and after the two disagreed over which mark it was, Lahyani told the Italian to stop talking.

Later in the set Fognini called Lahyani a "clown" and a "loudmouth" before Zverev would go on to claim the second set 6-3 to win the game and advance to the quarter-finals.

Fognini's elimination means that no Italian player will compete in the last eight.

Elsewhere American John Isner booked a place in the quarter-final after defeating world number three Stan Wawrinka 7-6 6-4, while world number six Milos Raonic will take on Zverev after a 6-3 6-2 win over Tomáš Berdych.

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