Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Video racket rage: Marcos Baghdatis erupts at Australian Open

Marcos Baghdatis lost in four sets to Stanislas Wawrinka

He is a crowd favourite in Melbourne but Marcos Baghdatis turned bad boy as he smashed four rackets in an extraordinary outburst.

Baghdatis vented his anger on his equipment after falling two sets down to Stanislas Wawrinka.

The Cypriot destroyed the racket he had been using and then turned his attention to the brand new ones from his kit bag.

Baghdatis' game did then go up a notch but he lost in four sets to Wawrinka.

Elsewhere at the tournament, Rafa Nadal's creaky knee, Alejandro Falla's leg cramps and Andreas Beck's bad back created discussion and a sniff of controversy as most of the main contenders safely reached the Australian Open third round yesterday.

World No 3 Roger Federer also advanced, along with local hope Bernard Tomic and dark horse Tomas Berdych.

Mardy Fish, though, became the first men's top-10 seed to exit Melbourne Park, though his 7-6 6-3 7-6 defeat by Falla left a bitter taste in the American's mouth, with the eighth seed suggesting much of Falla's treatment for cramping during a tense third set had been a tactical ploy.

"When you think someone is cramping or ailing physically, you sort of change your game a tiny bit," Fish said. "I think it had a significant bearing on the third set, for sure.

"It didn't seem like he was having too much trouble during the point. So it was a good tactic on his part."