WATCH: Stefanos Tsitsipas and Fabio Fognini’s Heated Exchange After Controversial Match at Indian Wells

Published 10/13/2021, 6:45 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 03: Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece reacts after a lost point against Carlos Alcaraz of Spain during his Men’s Singles third round match on Day Five of the US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 03, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Stefanos Tsitsipas has progressed into the fourth round of Indian Wells in California, USA. The World No. 3 surpassed Fabio Fognini in the third round of competition. He overcame a one-set deficit and eventually clinched the victory 6-2, 3-6, 4-6.

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However, the match took a controversial turn. Right after the first set, Tsitsipas started to hit some excellent shots. At that moment, Fognini accused the Greek of receiving illegal coaching. The Umpire didn’t take any further decision, and the match continued.

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Tsitsipas and Fognini were involved in a verbal spat

Stefanos Tsitsipas triumphed against Fabio Fognini of Italy in a thrilling third-round contest at Indian Wells. He’ll face the Australian Alex De Minaur in his next round.

However, a controversial incident took place during the match. At the start of 2nd set, Tsitsipas gained some momentum and hit great forehand winners. Meanwhile, Fabio Fognini accused the Greek of taking illegal coaching during the match. The Umpire, who didn’t notice anything significant, overruled Fognini’s complaint.

Tsitsipas then went to dominate the rest of the match as he seized the victory against the Italian. Even after the match, both players continued their exchange. Surely, Fognini must have been furious, as he couldn’t convert a win despite winning the first set.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas to face Alex De Minaur in the Round of 16

Tsitsipas will face the Australian, Alex De Minaur, in his upcoming round. De Minaur has impressed so far at Indian Wells, the 22nd seed has registered straight-set victories in both of his encounters.

Sep 1, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece reacts after a service break in the fourth set against Adrian Mannarino of France on day three of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Looking up at their head-to-head statistics, the pair have met five-time times before. Notably, World No. 3 has triumphed on each occasion. It will be really intriguing to see how De Minaur approaches the match, as Tsitsipas already has a massive head-to-head advantage.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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