Wimbledon-Nalbandian ends teenager Gasquet’s run
By Pritha Sarkar
Mon Jun 27, 2005 2:58 PM BST
LONDON, June 27 (Reuters) – An ill-tempered David Nalbandian charged
into the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a 6-4 7-6 6-0 victory over
France’s hot prospect Richard Gasquet on Monday.
Two days after ending the challenge of 18-year-old British hopeful
Andrew Murray, Nalbandian captured the scalp of the last teenager in
the men’s draw en route to the last eight for the first time since
2002, when he lost in the final.
The Argentine 18th seed’s victory set up a last eight meeting with
former Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson.
Despite running away with the final set, Nalbandian did not have it
all his way against the talented young Frenchman, who had claimed
his first ATP tour title on grass at Nottingham.
Midway through the second set, trailing 3-1 and attempting to gain a
break back in the fifth game, he became embroiled in a heated exchange
with umpire Wayne McKewen.
Nalbandian marched up to the Australian and shouted: “You can’t tell
me you didn’t see that (ball) fall on the line?”
McKewen retorted: “Be careful with what you’re saying.”
Nalbandian then appeared to calm down and swiftly broke Gasquet to
get back on to level terms.
Gasquet matched Nalbandian’s tenacious baseline play with some
blistering shots of his own during the first two sets but once the
Argentine had clinched the tiebreak 7-3, the 27th seed simply wilted
on a baking court two.