Marcos Baghdatis harnessed his inner Marat Safin during his four set loss to Stan Wawrinka late last night. After going down a break of serve in the third set Marcos was so irritated that he smashed the living daylights out of his racket.
Casually Marcos then handed the impressively destroyed racket to the ball boy to throw out while he was sitting down at the change of ends. Still sitting Marcos grabbed another racket from his bag and smashed that and then grabbed two more rackets, one at a time, and smashed them too. The third and fourth rackets were still in their plastic bags.
Marcos might have loss the plot and the 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 match but he won out in terms of the fine handed down. The ITF have the power to fine players $2,000 US for abuse of a single racket but the Cypriot was only fined $800.
Meanwhile Donald Young, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Gilles Simon were all fined $1, 500 for swearing while Fernando Verdasco was fined $2, 000 for being coached during his match.
Given that the swearing is generally not something the crowd can hear and that Marcos destroyed four rackets in full view of everyone maybe he should have received a more significant fine – especially when the umpire fining Verdasco said he had no idea what his coaches were actually saying to justify the fine.
Marcos would do well to remember that Marat Safin once had to withdraw from a tournament because he had smashed all his rackets and you only come into a tournament with about six or seven in your bag… Destroying four in one go is ridiculous because what happens if you some how win!
Juan Martin del Potro has worked hard to eventually defeat Gilles Simon 7-6, 7-6, 7-5 to book a place in the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time in his career where he will face defending champion Rafael Nadal.
Delpo seemed to have recovered from an awkward slip on the grass yesterday. After the slip Juan Martin took some time before he peeled himself slowly off the court but against Simon his slapping powerful ground strokes were two powerful, his serve too big. Read more »
Rafael Nadal finally worked out how to break down the serve of Gilles Muller’s serve after a rain delay to re-plan his tactics and have some treatment on his sore leg. Today Nadal came out leading 7-6 and then took the match 7-6, 7-6, 6-0 for a place in the fourth round in the second week of Wimbledon where he will face the winner of Gilles Simon and Juan Martin del Potro. Read more »
Yesterday at Wimbledon just before rain started to fall both Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro slipped and fell on the grass at the back of the court. With the grass around the baseline wearing thin it is not uncommon for players to slip when they move back into more defensive positions. Read more »
To break the lengthy draw analysis in two parts I have separated the explanation about what’s at stake for the big boys Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic and what to look for in the early rounds into another post (click here).
If we look at the draw as a whole it’s hard to look beyond Federer as champion. Read more »
Given the recent form of some of the higher ranked players (Berdych I’m looking at you here) and the significant number of highly ranked fatigued (Djokovic, Federer, Nadal) and injured players (Simon, Fish) looking at the first round match ups took longer than it normally does. Recently players like Ivan Dodig, Andreas Seppi, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Janko Tipsarevic have stepped up and played some great tennis on grass and should make for an interesting Wimbledon. Read more »
Gilles Simon, with Richard Gasquet, is leading the way at his home tournament in Roland Garros where the French players have had less that stellar results in the past few years, making his way into the fourth round where he will face the winner of Soderling V Mayer. Simon beat Mardy Fish handily today 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in two hours. Read more »
This years men’s Roland Garros draw has the potential to produce a great tournament with some really interesting match ups if the seeds perform. The fluctuating recent form of the top male players doesn’t give me much hope of this happening but lets look at the draw anyway.
The really interesting first round matches are: Read more »
Andy Roddick has really been struggling to find any consistent decent form over the last two years. He was dealt a bad draw in Rome, being scheduled to face Gilles Simon in the first round today after a first round knock out in Madrid.
In their first round match Roddick was shown up on his least favourite surface as Gilles easily won 6-3, 6-3. It was clear that Roddick had only one game plan, his normal big serving sometimes volleying and attempt to hit through the court, which just didn’t work against a great scrambler like Gilles who moves more naturally on clay. Read more »