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Tennis-Home favourite Fognini defeated in Italian Open third round
May 18, 2017 / 11:52 AM / 3 months ago

Tennis-Home favourite Fognini defeated in Italian Open third round

May 18 (Reuters) - Germany's Alexander Zverev defeated home favourite Fabio Fognini in straight sets in the third round of the Italian Open on Thursday in a match which saw the Italian lose his cool over a line call and fail to recover.

Fognini, who beat world number one Andy Murray in the previous round, lost the first set 6-3 and his game deteriorated early in the second set, when the Italian argued with umpire Mohamed Lahyani over a Zverev serve.

Lahyani got out of his chair to check a mark at Fognini's request, but told the Italian to "stop talking" after a disagreement over which mark it was.

Zverev, who turned 20 last month, wrapped up the second set 6-3, and will play either Tomas Berdych or Canada's Milos Raonic, the number five seed, in the quarter-finals. (Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; editing by Richard Lough)

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