Re: Matthew Ebden
Strange first round match for Ebden in Toyota Challenger this week... against fellow Aussie Greg Jones, making a rare appearance after multiple injuries have allowed him to play only a handful of matches this year. Matt went a break-up to lead 4-2, then allowed Jones to peg him back to 4-4. First set went to the breaker, and Jones got the early break to lead 2-1, then when Jones held well and broke Matt again to lead 5-1, Matt started limping and tanked the next two points to hand the tie-break to Jones.
After a short MTO during the set break, Matt came back, stretching out his leg and doing slow squats, then just kept the points short, slapping serves and winners - then after saving two break points to get to 3-2 up, he retired injured.
Hopefully it is not serious, but at least it is the last tournament of the year and he has plenty of time now to recover.
Wonder how he would have gone if Jones had not broken back and Matt had won the first set...
Hewitt, Tomic, Matosevic, Groth, Jones, JP Smith, Matty Reid, Barton, Duckworth, Kubler, Kyrgios, Bolt, Kokkinakis, Polansky and James Ward