Pablo Carreno Busta felt robbed after his epic fourth round loss to Japan’s ninth seed Kei Nishikori in the Australian Open at the Margaret Court Arena on Monday. Carreno Busta had an umpire call go against him in the fifth set tiebreak after which he lost four straight points to lose the match 7-6(8), 6-4, 6-7(4), 4-6, 6-7(8).
Kei Nishikori and Carreno Busta displayed an exceptional quality of tennis for five hours and six minutes to the Margaret Court Arena crowd but in the end, it was soured by a controversial umpire call and a wild reaction from the Spaniard.
Carreno Busta and the chair umpire had a complete fall out in the end that led to the Spaniard leaving the court in tears, screaming his lungs out at the umpire.
At 5-8 down, Nishikori and Busta played out a rally at the end of which the point was controversially awarded to the Japanese. Carreno Busta had reached out to Nishikori’s shot wide out and hit a ball close to the net. Nishikori got on top of the ball to hit a winner and just before he hit the shot, the line judge called it out. Nishikori nonetheless went with his shot.
Busta challenged the call and it turned out the ball had indeed fallen on the line but since Nishikori had hit the ball and the umpire felt the call by the line judge was taken after the Japanese hit the ball, he gave the point to Nishikori.
Carreno Busta had an argument with the chair umpire screaming at him that the call was made before Nishikori made the shot. The replays showed that Busta was indeed right and in that case, they would have had to replay the point. The chair umpire though did not change his decision and Busta could not put up a fight after that.
As Nishikori won the match and the crowd stood up cheering and applauding, Busta made his way to the courtside chair in tears with anger all over his face.
Busta did not even shake hands with the umpire and as the Spaniard was going to bench, Nishikori took the initiative to shake hands with him and hugged him.
Busta threw his kit bag in anger and then picked it up and left the arena immediately throwing abuses at the umpire as the audience booed him over the reaction.
Australian Open: Pablo Carreno Busta argued with the chair umpire over a call in the 5th set tiebreak against Kei Nishikori. (AP Photo)
Australian Open: Pablo Carreno Busta went wild on the court after losing to Kei Nishikori. (AP Photo)
The incident was a black spot on what was an exceptional five-setter otherwise. Nishikori was wasteful to say the least but held on in the right moments to take the match.
The first set was extraordinary with both players breaking each others’ serves before Busta showed immense resilience to take the set in the tiebreak.
With the momentum on his side, Carreno Busta was able to break Nishikori and hold his own serves well to take the second set comfortably.
In the third set, the Spaniard got an early break but soon, Nishikori broke back to make it 3-3. From there on, the two men held their serves and took the set to the tiebreak. Nishikori then got the better of Carreno Busta in the tiebreak and took the match into the 4th set.
In the fourth set, Nishikori managed to break Carreno Busta early but the Spaniard broke Nishikori back. However, Nishikori didn’t lose his cool and broke Carreno Busta once again and held his serve thereon to take the match into the fifth set.
The 5th set showed exactly the kind of fighter that Kei Nishikori is. Nishikori found renewed energy and rallied to break Carreno Busta early on. Despite having a chance to serve out the match, Nishikori got broken back and the match eventually went to the super tiebreak.