Sounds Like Nalby-henman Was A Barn Burner

Phil

Hall of Fame
Henman in uproar over Nalbandian accusation

From Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent, in Madrid
APPARENTLY, Sky TV has shown a record 680 hours of Masters Series tennis this year. The hour it would really have wanted — Tim Henman and David Nalbandian exchanging angry words, Henman’s sportsmanship called to account, Henman thrashing balls angrily into the court walls, Henman serving for the match and losing, Henman white-faced with rage — happened yesterday without a single camera in attendance.
Henman’s 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 defeat in the third round of the Mutua Madrileña Masters will be remembered for the unprecedented sight of the 32-year-old, who glories in the sobriquet “Gentleman Tim”, standing by the net post berating Nalbandian, an Argentinian whose matches can leave a bitter aftertaste with opponents.
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Such insults are water off a duck’s back to Henman. Of more importance was the thought that he threw away a match he had done so markedly well to haul himself back into. He did play some glorious tennis — as he has for the past three weeks — and the likelihood is that he will end his season after the Basle tournament next week with a ranking between No 30 and No 35. Considering his crestfallen manner and the doom-laden prognostications after his second-round defeat at Wimbledon, it is a brilliant recovery.
On the Pista Alcala, the second court, Henman should have beaten Nalbandian, the Masters champion and world No 4, and served for the match at 5-4. At 15-all, the Argentinian manufactured a forehand return with the racket in front of his face that so deceived Henman, he lost the point. At 30-all, Henman skipped round a forehand, planting it long. Less than a cigarette paper’s width was between baseline and ball on break point when his forehand was called deep.
In the next game, the match bubbled like a witch’s brew. A first serve by Nalbandian at 15-30 was called wide, farthest from the umpire’s chair. Nalbandian raised his arms in disbelief. Mohammed Lahyani, the umpire, could not overrule, so Henman was drawn into the debate.
“I was lunging [for the serve] because it was close,” Henman said. “He [Nalbandian] said to me ‘how was it?’ and I said ‘well, I thought it was in’. He asked me what I thought. I said, ‘Yeah, I thought it was in.’ He said: ‘Well, you didn’t give me a first serve.’ A first serve at 5-5, 15-30 when I think your serve was in? I think he’s in a dream world.
“So then he starts questioning my sportsmanship. I think if we’re going down that road, there’s only one winner in that debate. That’s all there is to it.”
Which, of course, it is not. When Roger Federer, the world No 1 and close friend of Henman, was told of the scenario, he said: “It is very sad when these things are said on court, very unfortunate. They should be kept in the locker-room.”
Nalbandian can rub opponents up the wrong way, sometimes blatantly, sometimes not. Henman gave him an up-and-down look at the shake of hands in an unsatisfactory end.
For everyone who makes a spurt at this time of the year, many more cling to the hope that their bodies hold together. Andy Roddick’s 7-6, 6-3 defeat by Tomas Berdych, of the Czech Republic, exacerbated by a twinge in the American’s left ankle, has forced a reappraisal. Roddick was not overly keen to play in Lyons next week and is likely to go home and prepare for the Masters Cup in Shanghai. He wanted to make sure that he would not be penalised, so called Thomas Karlberg, the ATP supervisor, for a long talk at the final changeover. “They have all these fun rules where, because obviously next week is in doubt, I was just trying to cover my bases,” Roddick said. “A lot of times you pull out and if it’s after a certain date, you get fined thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars.”
 

norcal

Hall of Fame
“I was lunging [for the serve] because it was close,” Henman said. “He [Nalbandian] said to me ‘how was it?’ and I said ‘well, I thought it was in’. He asked me what I thought. I said, ‘Yeah, I thought it was in.’ He said: ‘Well, you didn’t give me a first serve.’ A first serve at 5-5, 15-30 when I think your serve was in? I think he’s in a dream world.

How many players would have given Nalby a first serve in this scenario? Not many. Unless they were 100% sure the ball was good, then probably not half the players would give a first serve.
 

Shabazza

Legend
Well Nalby you lost all my respect today! You clearly knew Safin's fh to get MP with way inside the baseline (you were right there) but you said nothing - and at the same time badmouthing Timmy acusing him of poor sportsmanship and calling him "scum"!
Nalbandian is such a hypocrite and has won an anti-fan today!
He'll be the first player ever for me, I will root against regardless who he plays in the future! :mad:
 

croatian sensation

Professional
Shabazza said:
Well Nalby you lost all my respect today! You clearly knew Safin's fh to get MP with way inside the baseline (you were right there) but you said nothing - and at the same time badmouthing Timmy acusing him of poor sportsmanship and calling him "scum"!
Nalbandian is such a hypocrite and has won an anti-fan today!
He'll be the first player ever for me, I will root against regardless who he plays in the future! :mad:
He won another at the DC QF this year in Zagreb. Mocking Ancic's injury...making fun of croatian tennis association officials in front of the official interpreter, being his obnoxious self...so this kinda doesn't surprise me.
Guess in his case inner and outer beauty match. :rolleyes:
 

Feña14

Legend
It's a shame that he is such a Pr!(k as he has such a nice game that would win him alot of fans.

Federer's game is beautiful to watch and he's such a nice bloke, that's why he has so many fans. Nalbandian has a nice game but personality counts for alot .. that is an aspect that Nalbandian really struggles in. He makes Hewitt look like a UN Ambassador.
 

vive le beau jeu !

Talk Tennis Guru
Shabazza said:
Well Nalby you lost all my respect today! You clearly knew Safin's fh to get MP with way inside the baseline (you were right there) but you said nothing - and at the same time badmouthing Timmy acusing him of poor sportsmanship and calling him "scum"!
Nalbandian is such a hypocrite and has won an anti-fan today!
He'll be the first player ever for me, I will root against regardless who he plays in the future! :mad:
are you sure he really knew it ?... :neutral:
i can't believe he did that one day after the henman incident ! :mad:
this sucks as much as his blog...
 

Shabazza

Legend
vive le beau jeu ! said:
are you sure he really knew it ?... :neutral:
i can't believe he did that one day after the henman incident ! :mad:
this sucks as much as his blog...
I'm 100% certain! He was looking right down when the ball hit INSIDE the baseline and he had a "huh" look on his face when he heard the late, late out call! But whatever, I won't forgive him something like this!
 

diegaa

Hall of Fame
AJK1 said:
Argentinians don't have a good reputation for sportsmanship, Maradona comes to mind.
well, you r wrong. maybe maradona doesnt have a good reputation outside the pitch, but inside he was a role model.
 

Shabazza

Legend
diegaa said:
well, you r wrong. maybe maradona doesnt have a good reputation outside the pitch, but inside he was a role model.
Well, it wasn't pure sportmanship to us "the hand of god" to get a goal, but that's why we loved him, no? ;)
 

Richie Rich

Legend
norcal said:
How many players would have given Nalby a first serve in this scenario? Not many. Unless they were 100% sure the ball was good, then probably not half the players would give a first serve.
how many would even respond? most would just shrug their shoulders and defer to the umpire. nalbandian is turning into someone very much like rios used to be.
 

superman1

Legend
Safin's forehand to get match point was not inside the baseline, but it was exactly flush on the baseline. Nalbandian like all other pros would have been able to tell that the ball had skidded off the line. Safin had no challenges so he couldn't argue it. I think he walked forward a bit, but he didn't ask Nalbandian how it was.
 

Shabazza

Legend
superman1 said:
Safin's forehand to get match point was not inside the baseline, but it was exactly flush on the baseline. Nalbandian like all other pros would have been able to tell that the ball had skidded off the line. Safin had no challenges so he couldn't argue it. I think he walked forward a bit, but he didn't ask Nalbandian how it was.
I did watch the replay it was partly inside. But your right it's obvious Nalby could tell that it was in and not out.
 

DanEd

Rookie
you are just looking for a excuse to bash nalbandian.

i did not see u bashing federer when the swiss did not give nalbandian a point in the last master cup final and that point was not a small one but it should be a

set point (53 in the tb of the second set)

federer saw the ball clearly in even.
Shabazza said:
I did watch the replay it was partly inside. But your right it's
obvious Nalby could tell that it was in and not out.
 

Shabazza

Legend
DanEd said:
you are just looking for a excuse to bash nalbandian.

i did not see u bashing federer when the swiss did not give nalbandian a point in the last master cup final and that point was not a small one but it should be a

set point (53 in the tb of the second set)

federer saw the ball clearly in even.
I'm not searching for a way to bash him! OMG I even like his game!
BUT what he said about Henman (with some really nasty comments) after he won the match and 2 days later doing the same thing Henman did. That's like the pot calling the kettle back!
I don't really care if he doesn't overrule a call himself, but calling someone out on it in such a way and doing the same just a few days later is hypocrisy at it's best and I can't stand such people.
Federer never insulted someone for not overruling a winner from him - so he does have the right to ignore it as well!
 
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