Ivo Karlovic showed the world his angry side today in his 7-6 7-6 semi-final victory over Frenchman Gael Monfils in the Slazenger Open which made for some great viewing!
During the second set Monfils had an injury time out to get some attention on his shoulder.
Karlovic obviously not impressed by the delay was up pacing around at one end of the court before the time out had finished.
He then lost the next game despite Monfils serving at half pace and was then broken in his next service game.
This was a truly horrible few points from Karlovic as he served two double faults and missed a standard volley to drop his serve for the second time in the match.
He then threw his racket on the ground like a mad man, picked it up, threw it under his chair and then onto his bag. He then picked up his drink, had a sip and threw it on the ground. Finally a ball boy gave him his towel and he threw it on the grass all to the sound of ‘wheyyy’ for each throw from the crowd… Brilliant!
I found this little cameo very amusing and it was interesting to see such a quiet and gentle man go beserk obviously attributing the two poor games to Monfils’ timeout.
After the tirade Karlovic sat in his chair still irate and said: “Give him, give him, just give him everything.
“Faking injuries all the time.”
Monfils was clearly not faking injury as he was serving at about 80 MPH and started coming to the net at every opportunity to ensure quick points.
Clearly this behaviour is not acceptable on court and not for any up and coming kids to see however this Mcenroe-esque performance from the big Croatian was ten out of ten for entertainment value.
The Eurosport commentators also uncluded a bit of humour of their own with this sequence in the first set.
“Karlovic will be looking to attack this second serve using his big forehand.”
Karlovic has a massive swing and shanks it into the crowd.
“Oh yes, he’s hit a six!”
Despite the drama, Karlovic will be hoping to defend his Nottingham Open title against Fernando Verdasco in the final tomorrow.