Shenzhen R1: Viktor Troicki def. Martin Klizan 5-7 6-1 3-0 ret.
No stream, so no idea what was happening on the court. Viktor lost the first set and then was cruising in the second, and after a long first game in the third got the break then the double break. Hopefully Klizan is fine. Viktor moving on.
“There’s so many athletes, tennis players around the world,” he continued, trying to put his life into some kind of perspective, “they want to be the best in what they do. They want to succeed. Many of them, they don’t succeed in the end. I’m fortunate to have this opportunity and succeed.”
At the end of Federer's first round match at the Australian Open a fawning interviewer asked about his kids and if he had bought coach Stefan Edberg a birthday present - no, by the way, the privilege of knocking up with 'King Roger' was enough of a present apparently.
Re: Shenzhen R1: Viktor Troicki def. Martin Klizan 5-7 6-1 3-0 ret.
Earlier in the week saw some unexpected drama on Center Court. Tied at one set all, Martin Klizan had a total meltdown against Viktor Troicki in a marathon first game. He hit an ace that the umpire indicated touched the net. “Are you 150% sure?” yelled Klizan. Another non-winning shot was called out and then got overturned on a Hawk-Eye appeal. Klizan complained that camera shutters were a too loud… and this was all in one game. He launched a ball out of the stadium when he eventually got broken and two games later, sent the net support flying with a Nalbandian-like kick, earning him a point penalty. From there, he simply sat down, mid-game. Troicki was as perplexed as anyone, waiting to serve. After a long delay where the umpire called the tournament referee, the ump then called a trainer who came on court for 5 seconds and then the match was called. It obviously wasn’t a medical time out. Klizan just didn’t feel like playing anymore, but didn’t happen to tell anyone.