Tennis: Nadal into semi-finals
Published 27/11/2010 | 05:00
Rafael Nadal roared into the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals on Friday with a 7-6 6-1 defeat of Czech Tomas Berdych.
A sensational first set boiled over in the 12th game when Nadal became involved in a debate with chair official Carlos Bernardes after a Hawkeye challenge.
With Berdych fighting to stay alive in the eight-man event, he challenged an overrule at 15-15 on Nadal's serve and the resulting Hawkeye review confirmed his backhand had clipped the baseline. Bernardes awarded the crucial point to Berdych, even though Nadal said he had stopped playing when he heard the umpire incorrectly call the backhand out.
Nadal was enraged and even walked off the court to talk to the tournament supervisor Tom Barnes.
Elsewhere, the effects of a 24-hour journey from Austria to Japan caught up with Conor Niland yesterday in the ATP Challenger Tour event in Toyota, Japan when he lost to Finland's Juho Paukku on a 6-7 (5/7) 2-6 scoreline.