WATCH: Fabio Fognini secures landmark ATP win before fiery altercation
Fabio Fognini has claimed a 400th win in his ATP career after a battle in Hamburg with Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene.
Fognini defeated the world number 285 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) on a hot and sunny day in Germany, and the heat of the contest continued after the final point.
After shaking hands, Fognini and Bedene had a lengthy argument that included disputing a ball mark and questioning calls.
Eventually, the former world number nine was able to gather himself to speak about what it meant to claim a 400th ATP tour level win.
“I’m 35 and, looking back, I have to say this is a great milestone achievement for me,” Fognini said in a post-match press conference. “For sure, I am happy.
“My biggest dream is now to try and enjoy as before, running without pain, fighting to the end. Then I’ll decide when it’s time for the family. I know it’s going to be difficult, but let’s see.”
Strong tension between Fabio Fognini and Aljaž Bedene at the end of their clash 😬
The Slovenian accused the Italian of showing wrong marks to be checked to win points.pic.twitter.com/cDa5w9SuGx
— We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis) July 19, 2022
Fognini is now the 16th active player to claim at least 400 wins in their ATP career, with five active players now sitting between 400 and 500 career wins.
They are Fognini, Kei Nishikori, Juan Martin del Potro, who is yet to officially retire, John Isner and Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Next up, the Italian faces seventh seed Karen Khachanov or Russia for a place in the quarter-finals of the Hamburg Open, with more tournament information available in our Hamburg Open 2022 Tournament Preview.
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