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Fabio Fognini gives obscene gesture to Shanghai crowd

/ 07:28 PM October 07, 2014

Italy's Fabio Fognini celebrates after beating Britain's Andy Murray during a Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal tennis match in Naples, Italy, Sunday, April 6, 2014. Fognini won 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.  AP

Italy’s Fabio Fognini. AP FILE PHOTO

SHANGHAI — Fabio Fognini of Italy bumped into the Chinese wild card 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.

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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.

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