The Argentine tennis player Sebastian Baez qualified today for the round of 16 of the French ATP 250 by lions after beating the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics of 6-4 and 7-6 (7-5).
Báez, ranked 44 in the ATP world rankings, took two hours and four minutes to defeat Fucsovics (80) in a match he had controlled when he won 5-4 in the second set and struggled to close it out, something he just got in the tie break.
The progress of the match was marked by a strong exchange between Báez and Fucsovics with the result in favor of the Argentine 3-2 in the second set, at the time of going to their respective seats.
The Hungarian reproached Báez for an attitude and ended up arguing with the referee, to whom he pointed out that the tennis player from Buenos Aires he was yelling “like a p…”comment that earned him a strong challenge from the judge, who asked him not to use that kind of words when expressing himself.
“How old are you? 12 years old?” Fucsovics asked the Argentine as he approached his chair. “No, 22”Báez replied briefly, with some tension.
“You act like you’re 12,” Fucsovics, 31, scolded. And he continued, shouting in the air: “These pend… 20 years old, he’s not the only one… They play so dirty…”.
“Come on! Every point I lose, she screams like a bitch…”Fucsovics complained, already a little shaken and wiping his face with a towel, nervously.
After that last comment by the Hungarian, it was the referee who decided to intervene and spoke to the European tennis player to mark the court for him.
“It’s okay if you talk to me, but I don’t want that kind of language. I understand that you are frustrated and that you don’t like being like this. But I don’t want those words,’ she pointed out decisively.
Welcoming the referee’s challenge, Fucsovics retraced his steps and spoke to him a little more calmly: “The same thing happened last week, I don’t know who against (Cameron) Norrie, they are authorized to do so. I know, but it’s too much,” she said.
After the match (and clash) with Fucsovics, Báez will play the round of 16 against compatriot Pedro Cachín, who beat Frenchman Gael Monfils 2-6, 6-3 and 6-4.
The episode between Norrie and Djokovic
Last week, Novak Djokovic knocked out Norrie in the round of 16 of the Masters 1000 in Rome but that duel was marred by another non-sports controversy.
At one point in the second set, when Djokovic was leading 2-1, Norrie hit the Serbian with a hard ball in the legs, who had ignored the play and had his back to his rival.
The Briton apologized with his hand, but Djokovic stared at him for a few seconds and approached the net waiting for an explanation that didn’t come. At that kind of level, hitting the opponent is not accidental but the intention is to distract the opponent. Or at least that was what he thought the 1 in the world.
Until the end of the match, Djokovic was very serious, making it clear that Norrie’s light handshake was not enough. He took the match without losing his temper and, yes, he greeted the English with all the coolness he could muster.
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