Fognini laughs his way into Shanghai last eight

Fabio Fognini of Italy reacts after a point against Andy Murray of Britain during their men's singles match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai in this Oct. 8, 2019 file photo. — AFP

SHANGHAI — Two days after Andy Murray told him to "shut up", Fabio Fognini put on another colorful display to reach the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals on Thursday.

The Italian had several prickly exchanges with the chair umpire and the crowd in a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Russia's Karen Khachanov.

Fognini, ranked 12th in the world, collapsed in fits of laughter at the net after one umpiring decision and then had an animated exchange with the official in Italian.

On Tuesday, the 32-year-old defeated former number one Murray in three bitter sets, after which the Briton accused him of shouting during a critical point. — AFP