'Bad boy' Nalbandian floored at Wimbledon
Date published :
25 Jun 2012 - 16:49:00
David Nalbandian lost in straight sets at Wimbledon on Monday in his first match since being disqualified in the Queen's final for destroying an advertising hoarding and wounding a line judge.
The Argentinian was beaten 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 by Serbian eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic in the first match of the championships scheduled on Court One.
At Queen's, Nalbandian had been a set ahead in the final against Marian Cilic when he booted the hoarding around the line judge's feet, smashing it into his shin and leaving him bleeding and clearly in pain.
There was no repeat of the incident -- no advertising is allowed at the Wimbledon championships in any case -- but he showed flashes of the temper that has got him into trouble in the past.
He smacked his raquet into the turf at 4-3 down in the second set and swung it in anger at the ground as Tipsarevic won the game to leave Nalbandian serving to stay in the match.
Tipsarevic won it when Nalbandian put a return wide. The Argentinian shook hands with his opponent and the umpire.
The players were warmly applauded as they entered and exited the court -- a marked change from the booing heard at Queen's following Nalbandian's flare-up.
The world number 40 was sanctioned approximately $70,000 in prize money and fines, and 150 ranking points for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Nalbandian reached the final on his Wimbledon debut in 2002, losing to Australia's Lleyton Hewitt.
"David was the toughest first round opponent you could get here," Tipsarevic said after his win.
"I feel a little bit lucky because I think David had a lot of break chances in the first and second sets which he did not use.
"I played well and I don't want to underestimate my win."
He faces American qualifier Ryan Sweeting in the second round.