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Fognini is shaking his head in disbelief.
 

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That's how doubles on challenger level looks these days, for 90% players it's only practice between singles, if tomorrow you have to be somewhere to meet qualies sign-in deadline, it's obvious you don't care about doubles final.
 

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That's hilarious. If that were me on the opposite side of the net, I'd try to hit clean winners as often as possible, maybe even do Lendl-shots at the net, and then do Nadal-like fistpumps in the opponents' faces.

(In my dreams.)
 

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why do this in a semi final?

maybe injury? but then why not retire

the players do know this was streamed
Apparently the guy at the Net was trying. Probably a shoulder injury? Now to the betting people: if you abandon the match because of injuries after it was already started you already lost a set, the bet still counts?
 

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Yeh, just watched again the the guy serving hit switched the racquet to his left hand after serving and then hit a 2HBH on his right side.

Probably an injury. Why they didn't give up I don't know.
 

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Now to the betting people: if you abandon the match because of injuries after it was already started you already lost a set, the bet still counts?
depends on the bookie

most bookies that offer challengers/Futures have the match complete rule
bwin for example has the 1 ball rule, so if one points is played bet counts
 

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show this to munoz de la nava
 

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Milano Challenger: De Paula/Arevalo blatant tank vs Mektic/Sancic

Somebody should tell these guys they are being streamed :lol:

 

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Re: Milano Challenger: De Paula/Arevalo blatant tank vs Mektic/Sancic

Oh, sorry, delete this thread
 

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That's hilarious. If that were me on the opposite side of the net, I'd try to hit clean winners as often as possible, maybe even do Lendl-shots at the net, and then do Nadal-like fistpumps in the opponents' faces.
I'd do the opposite. If the opponent wants to tank, troll them with pre-emptive tanking of your own, hit literally everything into the net (aka play like Gulbis).
 

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De Paula gave an interview saying he felt an injury already during warm-up, and as it didn't get better he called a MTO at 1/2. He wanted to retire but the umpire said they would lose the SF points and prize money, so his partner asked him to play to the end. Sounds more like a stupid stipulation in the rules than anything malicious IMHO.
 
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