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Australian Open: Pablo Carreno Busta’s epic meltdown at umpire after losing to Kei Nishikori

Spanish tennis star Pablo Carreno Busta has spectacularly blown up at the chair umpire as he crashed out of the Australian Open after an epic five-hour clash with Kei Nishikori.

A furious Carreno Busta lost it as he went down in a five-set thriller with the Japanese star on Monday night, stopping only briefly to hug his opponent before slamming his bag on to the court and abusing umpire Thomas Sweeney.

Carreno Busta, 27, was heard screaming in anger at Sweeney: ‘Cabron!’ – a Spanish word which roughly translates to ‘b******’ or ‘dumba**’ – as he left Melbourne’s  Margaret Court Arena to the jeers of the crowd.  

Spanish tennis star Pablo Carreno Busta has spectacularly blown up at the chair umpire as he crashed out of the Australian Open 

A furious Carreno Busta lost it as he went down in a five-set thriller with the Japanese star on Monday night

A furious Carreno Busta lost it as he went down in a five-set thriller with the Japanese star on Monday night

After being two points from victory in a fifth set tiebreaker, Carreno Busta (right) lost five straight, including one where he berated the chair umpire for not ruling a replay

After being two points from victory in a fifth set tiebreaker, Carreno Busta (right) lost five straight, including one where he berated the chair umpire for not ruling a replay

‘I left as soon as I could after the last point, because I knew I might explode,’ Carreno Busta said in Spanish after the match. 

‘I apologise for the way I left the court.’ 

After being two points from victory in a fifth set tiebreaker, Carreno Busta lost five straight, including one where he berated the chair umpire for not ruling a replay.  

Carreno Busta’s shot clipped the net, and Nishikori reset to hit a backhand down the line after the ball landed near the doubles alley. 

A line judge called it out, after Nishikori had hit the ball down the line, and Carreno Busta was nowhere close to playing it. 

After the match, Carreno Busta stopped only briefly to hug his opponent before slamming his bag on to the court and abusing at the umpire

After the match, Carreno Busta stopped only briefly to hug his opponent before slamming his bag on to the court and abusing at the umpire

Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta reacts with fury after loosing the match against Japan’s Kei Nishikori

Carreno Busta didn't win another point after a controversial call, and Nishikori sealed the match with an ace

Carreno Busta didn’t win another point after a controversial call, and Nishikori sealed the match with an ace

Carreno Busta crashed out of the Australian Open on Monday night after a controversial loss

Carreno Busta crashed out of the Australian Open on Monday night after a controversial loss

He challenged the decision, and Hawk-Eye showed the ball hitting the line, but the point remained with Nishikori. 

Carreno Busta didn’t win another point, and Nishikori sealed the match with an ace. 

The eighth-seeded Nishikori stays to play six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic. 

Carreno Busta is out of the tournament.

Kei Nishikori overcame Pablo Carreno Busta in a thrilling five-hour match on Monday

Kei Nishikori overcame Pablo Carreno Busta in a thrilling five-hour match on Monday

Carreno Busta, 27, was heard screaming in anger at chair umpire Thomas Sweeney (back) 

Carreno Busta, 27, was heard screaming in anger at chair umpire Thomas Sweeney (back) 

'I left as soon as I could after the last point, because I knew I might explode,' Carreno Busta said in Spanish after the match

‘I left as soon as I could after the last point, because I knew I might explode,’ Carreno Busta said in Spanish after the match

‘It’s tough, to me to leave Australian Open like this, because I think that I played an unbelievable match,’ the 23rd-seeded Spaniard said. 

‘Also Kei, he played really good, and that’s sad to leave like this.’

Nishikori eventually won 6-7 (8), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (8). It was the second time the 2014 US Open finalist has had to come back from two sets down in the tournament.

And it’s the second time he’s had to win in the new 10-point fifth-set super tiebreakers that were introduced at Melbourne Park this year. 

Nishikori heroically fought back from two sets down to win the match at the Australian Open

Nishikori heroically fought back from two sets down to win the match at the Australian Open

Carreno Busta lays on the floor following his long five-hour match in the fourth round

Carreno Busta lays on the floor following his long five-hour match in the fourth round

A knackered Nishikori gives a thumbs up to the fans after winning the fourth-round encounter

A knackered Nishikori gives a thumbs up to the fans after winning the fourth-round encounter

Djokovic, meanwhile, overcame a couple of tumbles to the court and a series of energy-sapping baseline exchanges to beat No. 15 Daniil Medvedev and return to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2016.

Djokovic joked during an on-court interview: ‘Since I guess my next opponent is watching, I’m feeling fantastic. I’ve never felt fresher in my life.’

He later said he had a few aches and pains and ‘I didn’t feel so great in the last 20 minutes.’

‘We’ll see tomorrow how the body reacts (but) I’m confident I can recover and can be ready for the next one,’ he said. 

Djokovic, meanwhile, overcame a couple of tumbles to the court and a series of energy-sapping baseline exchanges to beat No. 15 Daniil Medvedev

Djokovic, meanwhile, overcame a couple of tumbles to the court and a series of energy-sapping baseline exchanges to beat No. 15 Daniil Medvedev

Djokovic shakes hand with Russia's Daniil Medvedev during their men's singles match on day eight of the Australian Open

Djokovic shakes hand with Russia’s Daniil Medvedev during their men’s singles match on day eight of the Australian Open

No. 16 Milos Raonic and No. 28 Lucas Pouille will meet in the other quarterfinal on the top half.

Raonic’s consistent winners frustrated fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev to the point where he shattered his racket and got an umpire’s warning in the 6-1, 6-1, 7-6 (5) defeat.

The big-serving Canadian had his serve broken in the opening game but responded by winning the next eight games until Zverev finally held. 

After falling behind 4-1 in the second, Zverev slumped in his courtside chair and smacked his racket into the court eight times before tossing it aside.

Germany's Alexander Zverev smashes his racket in frustration during his fourth round match against Canada's Milos Raonic at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Germany’s Alexander Zverev smashes his racket in frustration during his fourth round match against Canada’s Milos Raonic at the Australian Open

Raonic's consistent winners frustrated fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev to the point where he shattered his racket and got an umpire's warning 

Raonic’s consistent winners frustrated fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev to the point where he shattered his racket and got an umpire’s warning 

 

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