Originally written January 22, 2012 on Larry Brown Sports:
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Tomas Berdych won his fourth-round match against Nicolas Almagro in four sets at the Australian Open Sunday, but he lost the fans doing it. Late in the fourth set, Almagro charged the net to retrieve a drop volley from Berdych. With very few options because he was on the run, Almagro tried to whip a ball cross court. It ended up hitting Berdych in the arm. Almagro put his hand up to indicate he was sorry, and he tried to tell Berdych the shot was unintentional. Berdych wanted no part of the apology. Almagro won the next game but Berdych won the tie break to take the match. The victorious Czech shook hands with the chair umpire but refused to shake Almagro’s hand. The crowd, which cheered him after the win, quickly changed to boos. Almagro said after the match he played to win the point and that he left the court with his head high. Berdych did not back down in his post-match news conference. “Anyone who has played tennis knows the court is pretty big and you have some space to...
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