« The derbies are always the derbies », Fabio Fognini summed up at a press conference. The one who opposed him to Salvatore Caruso in the second round of the Australian Open, Thursday, went to the end of the suspense (victory for Fognini at 14-12 in the super tie-break of the 5th set). And did not end with a warm hug. At the time of the handshake, an explanation began between the two Italians.
Fognini, whose reputation for irascible shortage is well established, reproached his compatriot for having ” a fucking chance ». « You should apologize. I respected you until now. “Caruso, he repeated” what are you talking about ? “, before stating that he did not ” dared to say a word about the whole game. “
Their conversation was picked up by the microphones of the television. And a tournament official intervened, although the explanation did not seem likely to turn into a fight. It was, however, a little flowery. ” Why are you breaking my balls now?, asked Fognini. I said you were lucky. If I’m wrong, I’m wrong. Don’t attack me. »
Response from Caruso: ” I’m not attacking you, I’m telling you that’s no way to behave, because I didn’t say a word. Let’s say I didn’t expect that from you. The conversation ended with the loser’s departure from Hisense Arena.
“We just had a disagreement, I think it should stay in the locker room”
It did not last in the locker room. ” We will talk about it in the next few days Caruso promised. In unison with the statements of Fognini, who, tired of questions on the subject, even promised a journalist: ” We’re going to talk to each other, don’t worry. I will keep you posted. If you give me your number, I will send you a message. »
On the basis of the dispute, none of the protagonists wanted to expand, the words remaining laconic. ” We just had a disagreement, I think it should stay in the locker room », Said Caruso. ” What happened on the court remains on the court for me, I have nothing to say », Fognini version. The 33-year-old then declared himself repeatedly ” fortunate On this match as he repeated on the court that it was his opponent who had been.
No other derby in sight for the No. 16 seed, opposed in the third round to Australian Alex De Minaur. Who will have the chance to have the public with him.