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It’s Kei to Falla’s downfall

What was turning out to be an intriguing contest, descended into ignominy, thanks to an umpiring error and a bout of temper from Alejando Falla. Deepti Patwardhan reports.

sports Updated: Jan 06, 2011 23:37 IST
Deepti Patwardhan
Deepti Patwardhan
Hindustan Times

What was turning out to be an intriguing contest, descended into ignominy, thanks to an umpiring error and a bout of temper from Alejando Falla. The Colombian, already having to deal with a battling Kei Nishikori, who had clawed his way from a set and 0-3 down to level the match, was rewarded a point less.

In the first game of the third set, instead of calling 15-15, the umpire called 30-0. Neither of the players caught on the mistake, Falla only realising it with the game score on deuce. An argument with the umpire over the call proved useless; the Colombian sent a ball out of the stadium, and was given a warning for ball abuse.

Falla went on to lose the game after Nishikori hit a return winner, and then gave a comprehensive demonstration of how to break a tennis racquet out of shape. Point penalty.

He started his second service game, 0-2 down in the set and thoroughly done in the head, with a double fault and not willing to put in any more effort. At one time during the game break, it looked like Falla was about to quit.

But after a brief exchange with his coach, he walked back to his seat. The drama seemed to unsettle the Japanese youngster. Nishikori put in a poor service game, accentuated by three double faults, to help Falla get on the board in the decider.

The match picked up some steam, with Falla at least going for the obvious balls, and Nishikori got the crowd going with a between the legs shot.

The episode not only affected the match adversely, but also took the sheen off the massive effort that Nishikori had put in to win it 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in two hours and eight minutes.

For the second match in a row, he had fought back from a set deficit against higher ranked players to come out the winner. Born in Japan, trained in America, Nishikori plays the hard-boiled European game.

He will meet sixth seed Janko Tipsarevic, who defeated Russian qualifier Alexandre Kudryavtsev 6-2, 7-6 (3) earlier on Thursday, in the quarterfinals.

“Nishikori is a baseline player, so I expect a lot of rallies,” was Tipsarevic’s assessment of his young opponent. “He missed lot of tournaments last year because of injury but I am sure he will be a strong contender this season.”

Somdev gets wildcard for Australian Open

Melbourne (PTI adds): Indian tennis star Somdev Devvarman will not have to go through the qualifiers to play in the singles main draw of the Australian Open as Tennis Australia (TA) today awarded him a wildcard entry into the first Grand Slam of the season.

PSPB win team championship

Rohtak: Top seeds Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) continued their dominance by winning the men's and women's team events of National Badminton Championships, outclassing Railways here on Thursday.

All-india police badminton meet
New Delhi: The 3rd All India Police Badminton Championship, organised by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, was inaugurated by R.K. Bhatia, DG ITBP, at the Sirifort Sports Complex on Thursday. Around 24 teams from various state police forces and central Par-military forces will participate in the event.

First Published: Jan 06, 2011 23:02 IST

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