Frustrated Cilic blows up at AO malfunction

3 months ago

Croatian seasoned Marin Cilic was near frustrated with the changeable timepiece during his fourth-round nonaccomplishment to Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime.

Cilic, who stunned Russian satellite No.6 Andrey Rublev successful the erstwhile round, couldn't repetition those heroics contiguous aft going to No.9-ranked Auger Aliassime successful 4 sets, 2-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-2 7-6 (7-4) astatine John Cain Arena.

Not agelong aft falling into a two-set to 1 shortage against Aliassime, Cilic fto his emotions get the amended of him aft what appeared to beryllium an contented with the changeable clock.

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Cilic, a erstwhile US Open champion, stopped play aboriginal successful the 4th acceptable to inquire seat umpire Aurelie Tourte wherefore the changeable timepiece wasn't successful its regular position.

Marin Cilic of Croatia plays a forehand successful his 4th circular singles lucifer against Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada (Getty)

"Show the changeable timepiece there... wherefore is it happening?" Cilic was heard saying to the umpire.

After Tourte replied "I don't know", Cilic had a connection for those successful complaint of the malfunctioning display.

"Tell them that they're stupid," helium said to the seat umpire.

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Former Australian tennis subordinate Josh Eagle explained that Cilic looked to beryllium frustrated by the seat umpire's handling of clip betwixt points, with the changeable timepiece not successful its regular presumption to assistance the Croatian.

"I deliberation what they're talking astir is the changeable timepiece is not connected the back-board wherever it typically is," Eagle said successful commentary.

"They whitethorn beryllium having an contented with that, it's lone mode up (high) connected the scoreboard.

"I deliberation Marin is feeling similar she's (chair umpire) not controlling the velocity of play erstwhile Felix is serving."

Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada celebrates aft a constituent successful his 4th circular singles lucifer against Marin Cilic of Croatia (Getty)

Chair umpire Tourte aboriginal informed Cilic that those successful complaint of the malfunctioning show were "aware" and they would "have to hole it".

Cilic, the 2018 Australian Open finalist, kick-started today's lucifer with a ascendant opening acceptable and looked coagulated successful the 2nd against Auger Aliassime.

Both players had acceptable constituent opportunities during a tense 2nd acceptable tiebreak, but it was Auger Aliassime who yet broke through.

Today's triumph for Auger Aliassime is the archetypal clip the Canadian has reached the quarter-final stages of the Australian Open.

He'll play satellite No.2 Daniil Medvedev successful a blockbuster clash connected Wednesday.

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