Pospisil ex­its U.S. Open fum­ing at over­rul­ing umpire

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - SPORTS -

NEW YORK, New York — Mi­los Raonic ad­vanced to the sec­ond round of the U.S. Open, but fel­low Cana­dian Vasek Pospisil missed a chance to join him af­ter what he called a “clear mis­take from the umpire.”

Pospisil was left fum­ing Tues­day af­ter a 4-6, 3-6, 7-6 (9), 6-2, 7-6 (10) loss to Brazil­ian qual­i­fier Roge­rio Du­tra.

With the fifth-set tiebreaker tied 10-10, the umpire over­ruled a lines­per­son’s call on Du­tra’s shot that was ini­tially ruled long. That gave Du­tra match point, which he then con­verted to com­plete the win over the na­tive of Ver­non, B.C.

“It was a clear mis­take, a huge mis­take,” Pospisil said. “That ball was 2-3 inches long. There was no doubt — the next thing he called it in. Some­thing has to be done about mis­takes like that.

“To over­rule on the base­line is absolutely ter­ri­ble. The lines­per­son called it out, it was not even close. I was in a state of shock and anger. I’ve never ex­pe­ri­enced a call like that, es­pe­cially at this stage of a grand slam match.

“It doesn’t ex­cuse that I didn’t con­vert lead­ing to that point, but I would have had an­other match point and maybe I would have got­ten it.”

The match was com­pleted af­ter be­ing de­layed by rain Mon­day night with Pospisil up two sets to one, but trail­ing the fourth set 4-0.

“In the third set I had stopped serv­ing well, I had noth­ing in my legs and I could feel my body go­ing down­hill,” he said. “I had cramps but I felt bet­ter to­day.”

The 10th-seeded Raonic from Thorn­hill, Ont., had a lot less drama in his opener as he de­feated Ital­ian qual­i­fier Thomas Fab­biano 6-3, 7-6 (6), 6-3.

“I know he’s very ca­pa­ble, I re­mem­ber him from ju­niors,” Raonic said of Fab­biano. “He got through qual­lies, so he must be play­ing well in that sit­u­a­tion. I just sort of dealt with it as best I could, and I’m happy with how the re­sult turned out.”

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