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Jordan Thompson, Elias Ymer bring their own D.C. heat at Citi Open
The 25-year-old qualifier prevailed, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, in the first round, after the Australian believed he was cheated out of a crucial deuce point in the final game.
Published Aug 04, 2021
WATCH: Thompson, Ymer exchange words
World No. 168 Elias Ymer rallied to defeat Jordan Thompson, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, in the first round of the Citi Open on Tuesday, but a turbulent end is what most will remember about the qualifier’s victory.
Trailing 2-5 in the third set, Thompson staved off three match points to get one break back. In the next game, he recovered from 0-40 down to reach ad in. A missed serve and volley brought it back to deuce, when the contest turned up the heat to exceed the outside temperature in Washington, D.C.
Serving and volleying once again, the Aussie thought his forehand drop volley was good enough to result in Ymer’s reply not being up. The point continued, and though Thompson had plenty of options at his disposal, he casually took a step towards the sitting backhand—ultimately netting it after believing the point was already in his pocket.
Except, chair umpire Simon Cannavan did not call a double bounce and subsequently announced, “advantage Ymer.” Thompson let out a roar, before challenging the Swede on his gamesmanship.
“You don’t take it,” Thompson shouted multiple times.
Now holding his seventh match point, Ymer clinched the victory when his opponent framed a forehand to end an extended rally. Thompson walked over to the other side to let the 25-year-old know exactly how he felt, forcing Cannavan to come off his chair and separate the two.
“Call the police,” Ymer was reported saying at the end by multiple outlets, although it's not 100 percent clear.
Ymer advanced to set a second-round meeting with another player from Down Under, No. 11 seed John Millman. The two face off Wednesday around 2 p.m. local time.