fought back from a two-set deficit to beat American Reilly Opelka in a bad-tempered match.
Opelka, who had previously been given a code violation for time-wasting, shouted at the umpire when he felt Fognini should have been been penalized for the same thing.
Fognini had earlier sworn at the umpire in Italian and broken a racquet.
After Fognini threw his racquet, Opelka approached Carlos Bernardes and said: “Let me ask you something, real quick. You’re pathetic.
“You give me one warning after one throw. He’s thrown his three or four times, bro. “
Opelka had led Fognini overnight after rain delayed their match, but was ultimately beaten 3-6 6-7 ( 3-7) 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-5).
“You don’t want to engage with a guy like that, “Opelka said of Fognini after the match.
” You want to keep him out of the match as much as possible. It’s definitely not a positive thing. “
Reilly Opelka swore at umpire Carlos Bernardes during his first-round loss to Fabio Fognini
There were also wins on Tuesday for Austrian fifth seed
Dominic Thiem , Germany’s seventh seed Alexander Zverev , Spain’s ninth seed
Roberto Bautista Agut
and Argentine th seed
Zverev, who beat Marco Cecchinato 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 6-3, said in his on-court interview that he would donate A $ , 12 for every match win to the bushfire appeal – and, should he win the tourname nt, he would donate all his prize money.
who won the title in
, progressed in four sets, while former finalist
won in straight sets.
However , promising (th seed) Felix Auger-Aliassime was beaten by veteran Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis.
The 23 -year-old Canadian lost 7-5 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 to the former world number 15, who has fallen to in the rankings after struggles with his form.
Russian (th seed) Karen Khachanov fought back from a set down to advance, while Russian th seed Andrey Rublev, who has won two titles this year, also progressed.
There was disappointment for former world number five Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who had to retire from his match against – year-old Australian
(Alexei Popyrin) with a back injury.
“It is a painful one – he was my hero as a kid,” Popyrin said of – year-old Tsonga.
“When he made the final here [in 2008] I was in my living room jumping around like a crazy kid. “
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