A furious David Nalbandian blasted the chair umpire for over-ruling a point and denying him a Hawk-eye challenge towards the end of his 4-6 6-3 2-6 7-6 10-8 loss to American John Isner in the second round on Wednesday.
Holding a break-point at 8-8 in the fifth set, Nalbandian was left fuming after Frenchman Kader Nouni over-ruled a first serve by Isner as an ace after it was called a fault.
The Argentine walked up to inspect the mark where the ball had bounced and demanded a challenge but was denied by Nouni who ruled he had not made it quickly enough. There is no set time that players are bound by to mount challenges and it is up to the umpire’s discretion.
A non-plussed Nalbandian remonstrated with Nouni for some minutes as boos and jeering rang out in the stands at Margaret Court Arena. Isner held serve to lead 9-8 and broke his opponent in the next game to seal the match.
“I called Hawk-eye and he didn’t give it. I never seen something like that,” Nalbandian said.
“There (was) no time to call ... I don’t think he’s able to do these kinds of matches ... Absolutely no doubt.”
Caroline Wozniacki had a good excuse for being late for her post-match press conference: she had lost her clothes.
“I’m sorry I’m late. I lost my bag somewhere and I couldn’t find it. Yeah, took me a while,” smiled the top seed. “I thought it would be inappropriate to dress in a towel.... I didn’t have any more clothes. So I took a shower, and I’m looking for my bag and I couldn’t find it. Thankfully, one of the locker room ladies was nice enough to go out and look for it.”
Meanwhile Rafael Nadal made no excuses. “So everybody arrives late because they thought that I am late, no?” he asked, as journalists filed into his press conference.