No. 553-Ranked Wang Stuns Fognini at Shanghai Masters

by John on October 7, 2014

Chuhan Wang

World No. 553 Chuhan Wang shocked No. 17-ranked Fabio Fognini 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the first round of the Shanghai Masters Tuesday night. The Chinese wild card was making his ATP Tour debut and displayed nerves of steel as he saved four of the five break points he faced and sealed the victory with a backhand down-the-line winner in 85 minutes. The 22-year-old Wang, whose career has consisted of sojourns on the Challenger and Futures tours, lost in the first round of qualifying for the China Open at Beijing last week. Wang’s season highlights until today were two semifinal appearances at Futures events. The young Chinese played an aggressive ground game and continued to pound for the lines right up until the end. Fognini, who lost his fifth match in a row and has won only once since reaching the quarterfinals at Cincinnati two months ago, was in an ugly mood at the conclusion. He brushed Wang aside after the handshake and flipped the crowd off as he left. Can’t imagine the ATP will dismiss the Italian’s behavior. “I wanted to win this match, but I never actually thought I could do it,” Wang said. “I practiced with him in Beijing, so I knew a bit about him. And my coach used to be in the ATP circle, so he also told me something about Fabio’s weaknesses. I think I executed the game plan quite well. This is my first win on the ATP World Tour, and it’s at a Masters 1000 event. I am still experiencing the difference between ATP events and Futures events. All I can say is this: ATP is more competitive and intense. The opponents here won’t give you any free points.” Wang plays qualifier Malek Jaziri of Tunisia in the next round.




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