Do you post such tournament articles here or should it be in the articles thread? I LOOOOOVE the headline from the Wimby site.
Topsy Turvy Tursunov Through
Saturday, 1 July, 2006
Red-hot Russian Dmitry Tursunov burned his way back from two sets down and saved a match point in a dramatic defeat of number five seed Ivan Ljubicic.
The Number 27 seed overcame the 6ft 4ins Croat in sizzling temperatures which pushed the mercury beyond 32C and even prompted a long hold-up when a spectator keeled over.
The match warmed up nicely from the start as the two evenly-matched men engaged in baseline rallies which consistently crept into the 10 and 20 stroke region and it looked to be a question of who would melt first when the heat was on. But with both men keeping their cool in the furnace, neither was giving way.
So it proved to fire-fuelled forehand winners, rather than errors, that helped the Russian 23-year-old earn his second break point of the match at 2-2, but he failed to convert. At 5-6 cracks started to show in a Tursunov's otherwise ice-cool game when he hit not one, but two doubles fault in a row to hand the Croat two set points and the first set.
Drama then unfolded at the start of the second when a spectator collapsed in the stand. A concerned Ljubicic urged a ball-girl to assist with ice, while Tursunov took refuge from the fierce heat in a linesman’s chair shaded from the sun’s rays. It took 10 minutes for the patient to be stretchered off.
The incident did little to affect the form of the players who continued to produce breathtaking tennis until the end of the set when the Russian metaphorically jumped from the frying pan into the fire.
Serving at 4-5 down, he missed first serves and reeled off unforced errors to go 0-40 down and award the Croat yet another three set points. Tursunov responded with an ace and forehand winners, but Ljubcic eventually took the set on the fifth match point.
But then the topsy-turvy Russian began turning things around, breaking Ljubicic twice in the third. He closed out the fourth on a tie-break after saving a match point against him. The Russian’s form continued in the fifth where he earned three break points in the very first game, eventually taking it on the third after his opponent netted the ball.
Tursunov raced to a 5-2, 40-0 lead but squandered his first match fault with yet another double fault. He drilled the second into the bottom of the net, but took the third on an ace to book his place in the fourth round.