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“You’ve Been F**king Lucky’ – Fabio Fognini Clashes With Player After Australian Open Win

A war of words between two fiery Italian players took place following their clash.




A pulsating five-set encounter involving Fabio Fognini has been overshadowed by an argument he had just seconds after the match finished.


The 16th seed edged out compatriot Salvatore Caruso after prevailing in a tense final tiebreak to take the match 4-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(12), after almost four hours of play. During the roller-coaster encounter tension reached its peak in the decider. First there was an injury scare for Caruso who rolled his ankle before continuing to play. Then in the 26-point tiebreaker a series of dubious shots which was called in by the electronic line system bemused Fognini.

“You have been fucking lucky, you should apologize, I didn’t disrespect you until now,” Fognini said to Caruso after the match.

That comment from the 33-year-old triggered a war of words between the two players who had one stage had to be moved away from each other by a tournament official. Fognini’s point was that his opponent was fortunate with a series of shots he hit that landed in. On at least one of them he questioned if it was right but players can’t overrule the line calling system which has the final say. On Wednesday Frances Tiafoe was another player to question the accuracy of the system.

Taken off guard by Fognini, an annoyed Caruso hit back at his compatriot. Saying that he never spoke a single word to him during their match and his rival shouldn’t be behaving in such a manner. Something the fiery Fognini wasn’t going to let go during their exchange which can be read below.

Fognini: ” You have been fucking lucky, you should apologize, I didn’t disrespect you until now.”
Caruso: ” What are you talking about ? “
F: ” You won 4 identical lucky points.”
C: ” What are you talking about?”
F: ” Can’t I say you have been lucky?”
C: ” I didn’t dare to say a single word in the whole match.”
F: ” I said something because you called for it.”
C: ” I didn’t dare to say a single word in the whole match, enough now.”
F: ” Can’t I say you have been lucky? What’s the problem?”
C: ” You can do whatever you want.”
F: ” So why are you breaking my balls now ? I said you have been lucky , if I’m wrong saying it , I’m wrong. Don’t attack me.”
C: ” I didn’t attack you. I’m telling you it’s not the way to behave because I didn’t tell you a single word . Let’s say I didn’t expect that from you.”
F: ” What did you not expect? I told you you have been lucky, you didn’t like it, what should I say?”
C: ” It’s not the way to do it.”
F: ” Why? What’s the problem?”

NOTE: Conversation between Fognini and Caruso was in Italian and translated by Enrico Maria Riva.

Interestingly, there was no question or mention about the argument during Fognini’s on-court interview. The Italian is no stranger to controversy after once being suspended from the US Open after a confrontation with an umpire. On another occasion he was heard saying he wish a bomb was fall on the court’s at Wimbledon. A remark he later apologised for.

Fognini will next play home favourite Alex de Minaur in the third round who beat Pablo Cuevas in straight sets. It will be the first time the two have played each other on the Tour.

“He’s a quality opponent. Fabio has been up there for a very long time. He’s back to playing his best tennis. He showed it at the ATP Cup,” said de Minaur.
“It’s going to be a very tough one, but I’m happy to be in the third round. I’m happy to be back competing in the Australian Open in front of my home crowd, and I’m just going to enjoy every second of it.”


Grigor Dimitrov Blames Poor Monte Carlo Performance On ‘Big Infection’

The 29-year-old reveals the reason behind his error-stricken performance at the Monte Carlo Country Club on Thursday.




Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov said he simply ‘didn’t play’ in his latest match at the Monte Carlo Masters after winning just two games against Rafael Nadal.


The world No.17 fell 6-1, 6-1, to the 20-time Grand Slam champion in less than an hour on Thursday. He won 48% of his first service points and 32% of his second, as he hit 32 unforced errors. A dismal performance from Dimitrov who had beaten Jan-Lennard Struff and Jeremy Chardy earlier in the tournament.

Whilst it was never going to be easy playing somebody of Nadal’s calibre, Dimitrov has revealed that he had been troubled by an issue away from the court. He has been suffering from a ‘big infection’ in his tooth which has had an impact on his preparation for the match.

“I’ve been struggling with a massive tooth problem for the past four or five days,” he said. “I have a big infection in my tooth. It’s been hard. I haven’t been able to sleep well or eat well or anything like that.’
“I was bearing it for a while this whole week.”

It is another case of bad luck for Dimitrov on the Tour this season. At the Australian Open he reached the quarter-finals in what was his best Grand Slam performance since the 2019 US Open. However, in his last eight showdown with Russia’s Aslan Karatsev he was hindered by a back injury.

“It’s straight to the doctor’s, unfortunately,” he commented on his tooth. “Very, very unpleasant moment. It is what it is.’
“At least I’m glad it happened on a home soil so I can go see my dentist and figure this problem as soon as possible.Hopefully it’s not too serious and I’ll be able to come back as soon as possible.”

Speaking in his press conference, Nadal said he ‘felt sorry’ for his opponent who ‘played a bad match.’ During the match the world No.3 wasn’t aware of Dimitrov’s problem but was told about it afterwards.

“I wish him all the best. He’s a great guy, a good friend. I just hope the situation is to improve as soon as possible,” he said.

Nadal, who is seeking a record 12th title in Monte Carlo, will play Russia’s Andrey Rublev next.

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Dan Evans Fires Back At ‘No Manners’ Musetti

30-year-old Evans says he is not happy with recent comments the Italian has said about him.




British No.1 Dan Evans has branded fellow player Lorenzo Musetti ‘disrespectful’ after recording the most high-profile win of his career at the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday.


The world No.33 stunned Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-5, in what is his first ever win over a member of the prestigious Big Three. A trio that consists of Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. What is even more remarkable is that Evan’s victory took place on the clay. A surface which he hadn’t won a Tour match on since 2017 prior to this week.

Speaking to reporters following his win over the world No.1, Evans was questioned about what was the difference between his match against Musetti last week and his performance in Monte Carlo. Prompting the Brit to hit out at the Italian who is dubbed as one of the rising stars of the Tour.

“How he spoke last week was embarrassing,” Evans said. “Let’s not talk about Musetti in my press conference.
“Last week he said some things in the Italian press about me that was disrespectful.
Musetti, if he apologises, I will answer. He’s a good tennis player, but he’s got no manners.”

The fallout between the two started last week after Musetti won their match at the Sardegna Open. Saving four match points in the final tiebreaker en route to the victory. Afterwards, the 19-year-old accused his rival of disrespecting him on the court.

“There are respectful experienced players on the court,” he said. “Others like Evans, they try to use my youth to (win) matches.
“But it’s all experience for me. Evans disrespected me. I don’t want to be treated like a young man.”

Whilst the two tennis players are unlikely to be friends anytime soon, Evans did praise the recent performance of his rival. Musetti is the youngest player in the top 100 on the men’s Tour and is one of only two players aged 19. The other is compatriot Jannik Sinner.

“He played very well last week. I wasn’t good enough. I didn’t take the match points. It’s just tennis. Yeah, he could do with learning some manners.” He concluded.

Evans is through to the quarter-finals of a Masters 1000 tournament for the first time in his career. Awaiting him in the next round is 11th seed David Goffin who defeated Alexander Zverev in his third round match.

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New Setback Forces Dominic Thiem Out Of Belgrade

The Austrian tennis star has written a blog post on his website titled ‘my knee hurts!”




Dominic’s Thiem’s return to the Tour has been postponed for a second time due to a physical problem which he recently visited a doctor about.


The US Open champion has confirmed that he is currently suffering from pain in his knee and has decided to pull out of next week’s Belgrade Open. An ATP 250 event which will be headlined by world No.1 Novak Djokovic. It is unclear as to what kind of injury Thiem is suffering from or when the pain started. Earlier this year he confirmed that he had been suffering from a long-standing foot issue which gives him intermittent pain. Although there is no indication that these are linked in anyway.

“2021 just doesn’t want to get going. Unfortunately I will have to cancel my start at next week’s tournament in Novak Djokovic’s hometown Belgrade,” Thiem wrote in a statement. “My knee hurts and I went to see a doctor. It is not a big issue but I need to take care of it. I am definitely not fit enough to play next week.”

Earlier this month Thiem delayed his expected return to the Tour at this week’s Monte Carlo Masters because he was ‘not 100% yet.’ In a blog post on his website the Austrian admitted that he had ‘a lot of work to do’ and ‘tough weeks’ ahead. Thiem hasn’t played a match since the Dubai Tennis Championships after deciding to take a break from the sport in order to reset himself.

The hope for the world No.4 is that he will be back on track and ready to play at the Madrid Open which will begin on April 30th with the ultimate goal remaining to be back to full fitness at the French Open. Thiem’s most successful Grand Slam where he has reached finals in 2018 and 2019.

“I want to be completely fit at the beginning of May and play proper tennis,” he states.
“There is something positive, though: Coach Nicolas Massu arrived in Austria yesterday, we are going to continue my program even though at the moment we have to be careful. In the meantime I have also been working on my physical fitness with sports scientist Mike Reinprecht.’
“There is no doubt, the big goal till the summer are the French Open – in Paris I must be at my best.”

So far this season Thiem has only won back-to-back matches in one out of four tournaments played. Doing so at the Australian Open where he reached the fourth round before losing to Grigor Dimitrov. Since then he has suffered second round losses in Doha and Dubai. His win-loss record for 2021 currently stands at 5-4.

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