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Fabio Fognini rips US Open after penalty for removing line judge's sunglasses

Docked a point at the US Open for removing a line judge's sunglasses during a match he wound up winning, Fabio Fognini of Italy called the tournament the worst of the Grand Slams.

Fognini, who is married to 2015 US Open champion Flavia Pennetta, faces a fine for his actions during Tuesday's 6-7 (9), 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5, 6-4 comeback victory over Teymuraz Gabashvili.

Warned by chair umpire Pascal Maria for smacking a ball in anger after getting broken to trail 4-2 in the second set, Fognini then received a point penalty when he grabbed the pair of shades from a line judge after falling behind 3-2 in the fourth set.

So he began the following game down love-15, then immediately double-faulted en route to getting broken.

Afterward, speaking in Italian to reporters, Fognini dismissed the sunglasses gesture as a joke.

When he was asked what he thought of losing a point, Fognini replied: "They have their rules. You know, the Americans are different in every way. Of the four Slams, this, as far as I'm concerned, is the worst -- for a number of reasons."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.