Bad-boy Fognini crashes out with volley at Wimbledon

Fri Jun 27, 2014 3:14pm EDT
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By Sarah Young

LONDON (Reuters) - Fight to the last point is the mantra drilled into aspiring champions but Italian Fabio Fognini took a different approach in his five-set defeat by Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon on Friday.

Serving to stay in the match with the situation already looking hopeless at 0-5 in the fifth set, the volatile world No.15 looked in a hurry to get off the packed outside court.

"Maybe I can play one more game, I'm in the shower," he quipped at reporters, when asked what was going through his head in the final stages of a match in which he twice led the big-serving South African by a set.

Fognini, better-known for his claycourt prowess, did hold serve but the end was nigh as 20th seed Anderson kept his composure despite a double-fault to reach the last 16 and a match against defending champion Andy Murray.

Having been hit with three individual fines totaling $27,500 for a unsportsmanlike behavior earlier in the week, the 27-year-old soccer-loving Italian has been making the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

In a previous match he vented his anger by smashing his racket into the court, but he avoided any more trouble on Friday by opting to take his frustration out on his own knees rather than Wimbledon's world famous grass.

He also took a swipe at the All England Club's strict rules.

"The only things I don't like is the rules," he said.   Continued...

Fabio Fognini of Italy reacts after defeating  Alex Kuznetsov of the U.S in their men's singles tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 23, 2014.                 REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett