Translated transcript of Fabio Fognini and ‘f****** lucky’ Salvatore Caruso’s verbal bust-up
Their nearly four-hour clash clearly didn’t drain them enough as Fabio Fognini and Salvatore Caruso decided to have a furious argument at the end of their second-round Australian Open match.
Sixteenth-seeded Fognini ultimately prevailed over his fellow Italian as he won 4-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (14-12) on John Cain Arena on Thursday evening, but things got really heated at the end of the match.
Angry that the unseeded Caruso didn’t apologise for a few “lucky” points during the match, Fognini decided to have a go at his compatriot at the net as he accused of him
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Full translated transcript of the Fognini vs Caruso verbal altercation courtesy Eurosport:
Fognini: You have been f**king lucky, you should apologise. I didn’t disrespect you until now
Caruso: What are you talking about?!
F: You won four identical lucky points…
C: What are you talking about?!
F: Can’t I say you have been f****** lucky?
C: I didn’t dare to say a single word in the whole match
F: I said something because you called for it
C: I didn’t dare to say a single word in the whole match, enough now
F: Can’t I say you have been f****** lucky? What’s the problem?!
C: You can do whatever you want…
F: So why are f****** my balls now? I said you have been f****** lucky, if I’m wrong saying it. I’m wrong, don’t attack me
C: I didn’t attack you. I’m telling you it’s not the way to behave cause I didn’t tell you a single word. Let’s say, I didn’t expect it from you
F: What did you not expect? I told you have been f****** lucky, you didn’t like it, what should I say?
C: It’s not the way to do it.
F: Why? What’s the problem?
A court supervisor eventually had to separate them and Fognini, who will face Australian 21st seed Alex De Minaur in the third round, finally got to his on-court interview, saying: “I’m tired. Salvatore was fighting every point … it was up and down, I was lucky.
“That kind of match especially against someone from your own country, are always tough. He gave his all till the end.”
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