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Old 01-07-2012, 07:43 PM   #46
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The lack of a video didn't exactly stop you from speculating yourself though. I watched the singles match live and Fish had a bad attitude through most of it. I agree with what Cash said as well, he looked pissed that he was being completely outplayed.

If you think Fish doesn't normally act like an asshole, you obviously haven't watched him much. You should check out the Tsonga match at the US Open for starters.
If you could name a handful of matches where he is doing this, then I would agree with you. He's not Roddick where every loss becomes an embarrassment. People seem to forget that Tsonga match where jo's player box was constantly talking during fish's service game. And it was picked up noticeably on CBS. "I don't speak French, dumbass" wasn't right, but what can Tsonga do when the damage has already been done, it was a stupid question on his part.
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Old 01-07-2012, 07:55 PM   #47
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Fish also had a brouhaha with Agassi during and after their match in San Jose about eight years ago. Can't remember the details because I didn't see the match just heard about it, apparently it was about Agassi being offended by Fish's intensity and lack of respect. But tennis is a cutthroat business. Players are too good to take it easy on anybody.
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Roddick's bitchyness has rubbed off on Mardy over the years. It's sad to see. However, Mardy is usually quick to make amends for things like this, just like last year's USO with Tsonga
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a tempest in a teapot. check out jimbo walking over the net and schooling jmac midpoint.



at least fish waited for the changeover to settle matters
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the problem for fish is that his level drops like a stone when he gets mad.

outclutched by PHM when he said he was going to "beat his fucking ass".

lost to Tsonga in the "don't speak French dumbass" match right?

trounced by Grigor in this latest incident.

Still, at least he never shoved an umpire like Dimitrov did. Kid should have been banned for at least 6 months for that one. One of the worst things you can do in sports.
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I don't think Fish is as bad as Roddick but he expressed his frustration on multiple occasions. He cursed at PH Mathieu at Madrid 2008 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpSt5W49Oho). Then he had the incident with Tsonga (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EU-tag2xpFY), which luckily ended without any huge incident. He also called out Nadal in last years WTF for taking that early bathroom break. He may have been justified in some of these cases but he just gets pissed too easily and he's vocal about it.

Others have mentioned Dimitrov's history, and he hasn't even been around for that long. I'm not surprised at all that these are the two players who got into an altercation.
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Did Grigor debate about the fact that Mugdy is in the top 10?!
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Both these players have a history of acting like complete assholes, so no surprise that things boiled over here.

I remember the incident at Key Biscayne in 2004 when Fish was playing Benneteau and shouted out loud ‘I cannot lose to the worst player in the draw’, and angrily said to Benneteau during the handshake ‘this is the last time you’ll beat me’. Plus there was the incident at Madrid in 2007 when he called PHM '‘f*ckin sh*tty frenchie’, and his match against Nieminen at the Aussie Open in 2008 when his anger got the better of him. And of course his clownishness against Tsonga at the US Open last year remains fresh in the memory.

As Henry said Dmitrov showed what a tool he is when he pushed the umpire after his match against Berankis at Helsinki in 2010 (and age was no excuse). I can't believe that he was only fined €2,000 for that.
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PERTH, Australia — Tempers flared repeatedly Friday in singles and mixed doubles matches at the Hyundai Hopman Cup between top-ranked American Mardy Fish and the 20-year-old Bulgarian Grigor Dmitrov, tensions that peaked with the two needing to be separated by a tournament official during a changeover.

With the Czech Republic having already won Group A earlier in the day, the final round-robin tie of the tournament could have become the sort of low-stakes “hit-and-giggle” that often takes place in relatively meaningless tennis matches, especially common in mixed doubles.

The women’s singles match that began the tie went without incident, as the 55th-ranked American Bethanie Mattek-Sands earned her first victory of the tournament with a workmanlike effort against 46th-ranked Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova, winning 6-4, 6-4.

But Fish, 30, seemed to take issue with the Bulgarian’s intensity in the singles match, and appeared to have some harsh words for the 76th-ranked Dmitrov at the net when the two shook hands after Dmitrov had reeled off a 6-2, 6-1 victory in just 58 minutes.

According to Tim Gossage of Channel 10 in Australia, Fish was given a code violation warning during the match for spitting in the direction of a block of flag-waving Bulgarian fans who were sitting several rows above the court.

In his interview after the singles match (which was his first career victory over a top ten player) Dmitrov seemed stunned by the eighth-ranked Fish’s behavior.

“Um, I think it’s better if you ask him,” Dmitrov said.

“It’s a thing, obviously, that maybe he wasn’t happy, but I’m sorry if I did something wrong. I’m going to also apologize to him in the lockers when I see him, but I don’t want to say much else about it.”

But rather than calming down after the short break between matches, tensions only escalated in the mixed doubles.

With Fish serving and trailing 1-3, Dmitrov hit a return, slipped, then scrambled to his feet and smacked a forehand winner past Mattek-Sands on his next shot. After staring down Dmitrov, between points, Fish sent his next serve (which was to be served to Pironkova) flying past Dmitrov. Dmitrov then closed toward the middle of the court for Fish’s second serve, standing practically on top of the center service line in encroachment and intimidation. A long, oft-spectacular rally ensued on that point, with Fish and Grigor sending smashes at one another almost exclusively. When Bulgaria eventually prevailed in the exchange, Dmitrov let out a roar toward the Bulgarian box and gave a fist pump.

Fish continued to target Dmitrov throughout the rest of the game, eventually holding serve to pull the Americans within 3-2.

During the ensuing changeover, Fish , who had taken his seat, shouted across at Dmitrov, who had never taken his seat. After the two argued from a distance for some time, the American walked over to the Bulgarian’s side of the court (where he was set to next play) and the two continued to argue, eventually being seperated by a tournament official. The two continued to talk back and forth for the duration of the changeover, eventually departing to their respective baselines once their female partners rose to join them.

In a nod to the rising tensions, the Hopman Cup DJ played Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” during the next changeover, eliciting laughter from the crowd.

While the rest of the match remained tense, no further confrontations occurred. After Bulgaria sealed an 8-5 victory in the proset when Fish’s final forehand volley found the net, the two teams shook hands. Dmitrov and Fish spoke briefly again at the net, without incident.

The win made the underdog Bulgarians the only team to have won three round-robin doubles matches at the Hopman Cup this year.

Dmitrov spoke briefly about the incident on Bulgarian television network BNT after the doubles match.

It’s evident I’ve offended him with something, but I have no idea with what,” Dmitrov said.

“Things he said weren’t pretty, but clearly he is a top ten player and during the match no one said anything to him.”

Fish declined to comment directly on the incidents as he left the Burswood Dome, instead indicating that the scoreline of his matches was the only explanation needed for what had transpired. Fish, who won the Hopman Cup with Serena Williams in 2008, won only 2 of his 12 sets at the event this week.

Dmitrov boarded a transcontinental red-eye to Sydney immediately following the match to play a qualifying match at the Apia International Sydney, Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Sydney time, roughly nine hours after the mixed doubles in Perth ended. Dmitrov won the match in three sets against Estonian Jürgen Zopp.

Fish, who had lamented the brevity of his off-season after his match Wednesday, will play next week at the AAMI Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament in Melbourne.

Tournament referee Soren Friemel said that he would be filing a match report with the I.T.F., but did not expect any further discipline to be handed down
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Still, at least he never shoved an umpire like Dimitrov did. Kid should have been banned for at least 6 months for that one. One of the worst things you can do in sports.
everybody easily forgets this incident... to protect the young talents of the tour, this is the story we get but i have been led to believe that he punched one official and headbutted a local volunteer at the finnish challenger tournament causing a depressed fracture of the cheekbone... i'm always amused when i see ppl disarmed by the cheeky smile when in actual fact what we are dealing with here is an extremely violent and dangerous young man whose rise to the top could only be managed by tough-as-nails former top tenner, hard aussie peter mcnamara - a man who used to tackle parked cars for training warm downs... violence is the only thing dimitrov understands and respects... it is the currency he deals in i'm not surprised with fish having a dig here... fair play to him...

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So Fish got angry because Dimitrov kicked his ass?
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everybody easily forgets this incident... to protect the young talents of the tour, this is the story we get but i have been led to believe that he punched one official and headbutted a local volunteer at the finnish challenger tournament causing a depressed fracture of the cheekbone... i'm always amused when i see ppl disarmed by the cheeky smile when in actual fact what we are dealing with here is an extremely violent and dangerous young man whose rise to the top could only be managed by tough-as-nails former top tenner, hard aussie peter mcnamara - a man who used to tackle parked cars for training warm downs... violence is the only thing dimitrov understands and respects... it is the currency he deals in i'm not surprised with fish having a dig here... fair play to him...

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Fish also had a brouhaha with Agassi during and after their match in San Jose about eight years ago. Can't remember the details because I didn't see the match just heard about it, apparently it was about Agassi being offended by Fish's intensity and lack of respect. But tennis is a cutthroat business. Players are too good to take it easy on anybody.
I remember what he said after the match... "Is Fish any good? Yes, it's got lots of proteins", or something like that. lol
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Is there video of Dimitrov pushing the umpire?
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