ATP Tour

Wang upsets Fognini in Shanghai

2014-10-07 12:38
Fabio Fognini (AFP)

Shanghai - World number 553 Wang Chuhan caused a seismic shock at the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday after the Chinese wildcard knocked out 15th seed Fabio Fognini in straight sets on his ATP World Tour debut.

Wang, who mainly plays in Challenger or Futures tournaments rather than the top tier, recorded a 7-6(5) 6-4 first round win over the Italian on the Grandstand court to huge cheers from the shocked home crowd.

The 22-year-old showed few nerves as he continued to pound aggressively for the lines against a flat Fognini, who offered little in the closing stages of the match and seemed happy to get off court as quickly as possible.

Wang secured victory over the world number 17 with a stunning backhand winner up the line before turning to his coaching team with a shocked expression and clenched fists.

Wang will face Tunisian qualifier Malek Jaziri in the second round after the world number 87 upset American Donald Young 7-5 6-4.

The loss was a fifth straight for Italian Fognini, who has won three clay-court titles on the ATP Tour.

Shanghai Masters results on Tuesday:

Second round:
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) bt Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) 7-6 (8/6), 6-3
Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) bt Kevin Anderson (RSA x16) 6-4, 6-2

First round:
Andy Murray (GBR x11) bt Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) 6-1, 7-5
Martin Klizan (SVK) bt Samuel Groth (AUS) 7-6 (7/1), 6-3
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) bt Santiago Giraldo (COL) 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-1
Julien Benneteau (FRA) bt Zhang Ze (CHN) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
Wang Chuhan (CHN) bt Fabio Fognini (ITA x15) 7-6 (7/5), 6-4
Gilles Simon (FRA) bt Guillermo Garca-Lpez (ESP) 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
Ivan Dodig (CRO) bt Pablo Cuevas (URU) 7-5, 6-2
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) bt Ernests Gulbis (LAT x12) 6-4, 6-1
Steve Johnson (USA) bt Andrey Golubev (KAZ) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) bt Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 6-7 (12/14), 6-3, 6-4
Jerzy Janowicz (POL) bt Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (8/6)
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) bt Wu Di (CHN) 6-4, 6-1

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