Fognini becomes first Italian to win 400 ATP matches but has a run-in with Bedene

Fabio Fognini defeated Aljaz Bedene in a third set tiebreaker and will play Russian Karen Khachanov, the No 7 seed, in the next round

Fabio Fognini at Roland-Garros, 2022 Fabio Fognini at Roland-Garros, 2022

Italian Fabio Fognini moved into the second round of the Hamburg Open by edging out Slovenian Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5) at Am Rothenbaum on Tuesday.

With the win, Fognini became the first Italian in the Open era to win 400 matches. He also becomes only the 14th active player on the ATP Tour to reach that milestone.

Now ranked 61 in the world, Fognini will face Russian Karen Khachanov, the No 7 seed, in the next round.

Fognini and Bedene exchange more than a few words at the net

However, Fognini’s win was overshadowed by a run-in with his opponent Bedene at the end of their match. The Slovenian was apparently upset over Fognini showing wrong marks to be checked during their close contest.

Fognini, who now owns a 400-352 win-loss record, has now scored 10 wins in 11 career meetings over Bedene.

Hamburg ATP 500, other first-round results (Am Rothenbaum, clay, EUR 1.911.620)

  • Pablo Carreno Busta (4) beat Luca Nardi (Q): 6-2, 6-1
  • Emil Ruusuvuori beat Diego Schwartzman (3): 7-5, 6-4
  • Tallon Griekspoor beat Holger Rune (8): 7-6 (8), 7-5
  • Borna Coric beat Laslo Djere: 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3
  • Karen Khachanov beat Jan-Lennard Struff (WC): 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2)
  • Jozef Kovalik (Q) beat Max Hans Rehberg (WC): 3-6, 7-5, 6-1
  • Lorenzo Musetti beat Dusan Lajovic: 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 6-3
  • Alex Molcan beat Marko Topo (Q): 7-5, 6-3
  • Alejandro Davidovich Fokina beat Botic van de Zandschulp (5): 6-4, 6-4
  • Ricardas Berankis vs. Andrey Rublev
  • Francisco Cerundolo vs. Daniel Altmaier
  • Federico Coria vs. Daniel Elahi Galan Riveros
  • Nikoloz Basilashvili vs. Aslan Karatsev
  • Sebastian Baez vs. Filip Krajinovic
  • Carlos Alcaraz vs. Nicola Kuhn

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