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Nadal advances; Fognini disqualified for verbal abuse at Barcelona Open

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Go Kei!

Not exactly in fizzing form here with a couple of 3 setters but a chance to knock over the clay king is a nice effort, overcoming a seeded player too.

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I don't really think Nishikori has a chance, but Nadal is a bit off, and I just hope it will be a nice match. And not too late in Japan.

It seems excessive to be disqualified for foul language, Murray or Kyrgios would never finish any match. They do receive warnings from time to time. I searched a bit, and it seems that the line judged called a foot fault, and Fognini allegedly verbally abused him. He already had a warning, so he was disqualified. It was not reported what he allegedly said though

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Nadal will face two-time Barcelona champion Kei Nishikori of Japan, who defeated Cristian Garin of Chile 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-1.

That's a good win for Nishikori. Garín is a very good clay court player. He won the Junior French Open back in the day against Zverev.

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@timeon great you did your research. I was going to say many players use foul language when they seem to scold themselves/talk to themselves. But if the bad language was personally directed at someone doing their job, then it's well out of order

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Lamily, I am a tennis fan and I follow ATP closely, so I was surprised about the default, recent cases were Djokovic hitting a lines person, or Kyrgios throwing a chair on the court, but no verbal abuse. Though I remember that a young Medvedev was disqualified, he told the referee: "you must be friends", and because both the referee and his opponent were black, it was considered racist (!)

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timeon: I remember that a young Medvedev was disqualified, he told the referee: "you must be friends", and because both the referee and his opponent were black, it was considered racist (!)

That reminds me a bit of the Hewitt/James Blake episode years ago at the US Open. If memory serves, Hewitt was twice called for a foot fault by the same Black linesperson. After the second one Hewitt said something like "Look at him - what's the similarity?" If we're giving Hewitt the benefit of the doubt, his point was "Both foot faults were called by the same guy, but by no one else - he's unfairly targeting me." But a lot of people interpreted it as "The similary is that the linesman is Black, just like Blake."

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