This is the moment Spanish tennis star Pablo Carreno Busta spectacularly blew up at the chair umpire as he crashed out of the Australian Open after an epic five-hour clash with Kei Nishikori.
A furious Carreno Busta lost it as he went down in a five-set thriller with the Japanese star on Monday night, stopping only briefly to hug his opponent before slamming his bag on to the court and abusing umpire Thomas Sweeney.
Carreno Busta, 27, was heard screaming in anger at Sweeney: ‘Cabron!’ – a Spanish word which roughly translates to ‘b’ or ‘dumba**’ – as he left Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena to the jeers of the crowd.
The Spaniard was furious that a point when he was leading 8-5 in a deciding tie-break was not replayed after his shot was erroneously called out. The umpire ruled Nishikori had hit a winner before the call came.
Carreno Busta protested vociferously and then lost his cool at the end of the match.
Afterwards, he was tearful and full of remorse, saying: ‘Obviously I’m very sad because after five hours fighting, the way that I leave from the court wasn’t correct, and I’m so sorry, because that’s not me.
‘I tried to leave as fast as possible when I lost that last point, because I know that in any moment I will lose the head.’
After being two points from victory in a fifth set tiebreaker, Carreno Busta lost five straight, including one where he berated the chair umpire for not ruling a replay.
Carreno Busta’s shot clipped the net, and Nishikori reset to hit a backhand down the line after the ball landed near the doubles alley.
A line judge called it out, after Nishikori had hit the ball down the line, and Carreno Busta was nowhere close to playing it.
He challenged the decision, and Hawk-Eye showed the ball hitting the line, but the point remained with Nishikori.
Carreno Busta didn’t win another point, and Nishikori sealed the match with an ace.
The eighth-seeded Nishikori stays to play six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, but Carreno Busta is out of the tournament.
‘It’s tough, to me to leave Australian Open like this, because I think that I played an unbelievable match,’ the 23rd-seeded Spaniard said.
‘Also Kei, he played really good, and that’s sad to leave like this.’ bandarq
Nishikori eventually won 6-7 (8), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (8). It was the second time the 2014 US Open finalist has had to come back from two sets down in the tournament.
And it’s the second time he’s had to win in the new 10-point fifth-set super tiebreakers that were introduced at Melbourne Park this year.
Djokovic, meanwhile, overcame a couple of tumbles to the court and a series of energy-sapping baseline exchanges to beat No. 15 Daniil Medvedev and return to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2016.
Djokovic joked during an on-court interview: ‘Since I guess my next opponent is watching, I’m feeling fantastic. I’ve never felt fresher in my life.’
He later said he had a few aches and pains and ‘I didn’t feel so great in the last 20 minutes.’
‘We’ll see tomorrow how the body reacts (but) I’m confident I can recover and can be ready for the next one,’ he said.
No. 16 Milos Raonic and No. 28 Lucas Pouille will meet in the other quarterfinal on the top half.
Raonic’s consistent winners frustrated fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev to the point where he shattered his racket and got an umpire’s warning in the 6-1, 6-1, 7-6 (5) defeat.
The big-serving Canadian had his serve broken in the opening game but responded by winning the next eight games until Zverev finally held.
After falling behind 4-1 in the second, Zverev slumped in his courtside chair and smacked his racket into the court eight times before tossing it aside.