Thursday, January 19, 2012

The Challenge Incident


It was a great match, despite the "wrong" ending. But in the end, it won't be remembered for its many great rallies or for how well David played for the most part of it. It'll be remembered for that one incident, that moment at 8-8 in the fifth set when a serve from John Isner was correctly called out (as proved later on video), chair umpire Kader Nouni overruled the call and then refused David a chance to challenge his incorrect overrule on the grounds that the challenge had come too late.
Q.  What do you make of the umpire's decision in that 8All point? 

DAVID NALBANDIAN:  I asked for HawkEye and he make an overrule.  Because the lineman call out.  He overrule it.  Was a lot of noises, so I asked what happened, because the lineman called out. He told me he overruled it. And I say, Okay, I see the mark. I say challenge. Not a big deal. He don't want to do it.
That decision stood and could also not be overturned by supervisor Andreas Egli, although David said that he didn't hear the overrule because of the general level of noise from the crowd.
Q.  And a lot of crowd noise, as well.

DAVID NALBANDIAN:  I mean, what the umpires need, press? Name? Be on the picture tomorrow? Incredible.  
Anyway, I didn't lose for that, but that's was very bad situation. Was amazing.
The complete transcript of David's post-match press conference you can read here.

And Krystle's report of the match you'll find here.

By now, I've uploaded the many photos from the match. You'll find them on the Photo Page.

29 comments:

  1. why do these things happen to nalbandian... his career has been plagued with ridiculous things like this, memories of USO 03 come to mind.

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  2. Also to David's mind - as can be seen in the transcript.

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  3. thank you Julia.

    also, thanks Krystle for all the details in your report, pretty much what we've seen from home, lucky you were there to watch them live!

    grrr I don't like the title of the video uploaded by AustralianOpenTV, I mean, it's normal that David was fuming because the umpire should've let him challenge!! "David Nalbandian loses control", like if he was wrong to ask for a challenge and be arguing for it :( :(

    glad there's a transcript of his interview, Grand Slams official websites don't put his interviews very often.

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  4. at least, he had a laughter after the "toilet break" question lol

    and the last question... come on David... lol

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  5. http://de.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/tour-return/schmach-cordoba-092930519.html

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  6. Hmm. I mean, I can see where she got the idea from for that headline. But I don't think it works here. Anyway, "Kampfterrier Nalbandian" is funny... lol

    And yeah, Mira, sometimes it seems like they're ignoring David when it comes to transcripts etc. But then again, getting material for a transcript out of David isn't always easy... I was actually surprised by how talkative he was after the match.

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  7. hi guys, just read this one.
    so unfair!!!!
    David fined 8000$ for Unsportsmanlike conduct

    http://espn.go.com/tennis/story/_/id/7482560/david-nalbandian-fined-8000-australian-open

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  8. That sounds as if something happened after the match off court... because for de discussion it can't be, or can it it?

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  9. for the discussion, why would they fine him? okay he was angry but... nothing excessive, right?

    and his post-match press conference was okay as well, nothing disrespectful towards anyone, IMO.

    I hope he didn't insult anyone after the match though.

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  10. I guess it probably was what he said about umpires in the presser.
    Well, it's been a while since David's last fine. That was at Mar del Plata, for refusing to show up at the press conference altogether.

    Still, for me the much bigger and much, much worse news is that Megaupload has been taken down...

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  11. Isner lost against lopez 6:1 in the fifth.

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  12. I just heard about Megaupload being shut down! All the videos we put together... :(

    As far as I know of, there isn't any other solution that offers the same upload file size limit for free...

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  13. 1st thing I've thought of : all the David on screen matches you guys have uploaded for us these last years :( :(

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  14. so David has been fined for supposedly throwing water at official

    http://ow.ly/8AlMI

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  15. Carlos Costa (David's manager) says they're going to appeal the decision. Adding that David has now been treated unfairly both on and off the court. We'll see what comes out of it.

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  16. oh, okay. I think that's a good decision from him and his team.
    Wait and see.

    Tipsarevic tweeted to speak up for David's situation, it's cool.

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  17. Wow, $8,000, I guess they want to add insult to injury. Baghdatis only got $1,250 for smashing four rackets. I'm glad they're going to appeal. For the gross injustice he was dealt, David response was pretty mild. Can you imagine what Connors or McEnroe would have done? I'm sure Nouni wouldn't have pulled this stunt if it was Federer or Nadal. The whole tennis world knows Nouni blew it. I actually watched some of the replay the next day, and it's true, David played brilliantly. Drop shots, lobs, volleys. Terrific stuff. Even serving. David actually won a higher percentage of points on both his first and second serves than Isner did. It was just those damn 43 aces (42 really). I'd love to see Nouni get sent to Buenos Aires to umpire at the Copa Claro. That would be better than suspending him.

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  18. Brilliant idea!
    Thanks for laugh, John. On this otherwise rather horrible day...

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  19. Horrible in terms of the loss of the DoS archives, I mean.

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  20. Yep, that's what I thought you meant. I figured you'd recovered from the match already.

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  21. lol --> http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/20012012/2/tennis-tomic-tops-dolg-game-cat-mouse.html

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  22. Coming tomorrow: new post about the fine, the story behind it, David's take on it, David's knee, the start of his season plus an interview I haven't had time to post yet.

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  23. yay sounds great Julia!

    how "amazing" is their timing to put this new video online, about umpires described as "unsung heros" of the tournament... smh.

    http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/video/index.html#ooid=k0a29iMzo7LRkRmsgonTGKGqJcWCYqzh

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  24. John, the fine apparently was referring to the doping test that David did afterwards, and how he apparently threw water at the person conducting it at the time. David denies having done so, and is going to appeal. Hard to make a comment on whether it happened or not since it was all behind the scenes.

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  25. Thanks for the FYI, Krystle. I just read an update on ABC Melbourne from about 30 minutes ago. Julia, I'm sure you'll give us the complete scoop tomorrow. I hope David sends the bill to Nouni if he doesn't win the appeal.

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  26. I'm trying to watch tennis today, but I can't get any stream to work properly, and I don't want to watch what's on RLA. It's so frustrating. It must have been a great day at RLA - Kirilenko retiring then Mahut limping to a one-sided defeat against Djokovic...

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  27. Yeah, I know what you mean, Krystle. I watched the Djokovic-Mahut match last night and that was it. The funny thing is Nicolas has improved quite a bit over the last few years, but was no match for Nole. Too bad he wasn't 100 percent. Got up early today, though, and watched the fourth set of Hewitt and Raonic. Good stuff. Hope you caught it.

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  28. This was total BS. Nalbandian had this f'ing match in the bag.

    I was totally pissed that early morning when I watched this match from beginning to end. He was doing such a great job and all for nothing in the end. -sigh-

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