WATCH: Grigor Dimitrov drops racket while serving; opponent Fernando Verdasco hits 38 mph winner

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Sunday, March 11th, 2018 | 0

Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco upset 3rd seed Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 4-6 6-3 in the second round of the BNP Parisbas Open, an ATP Masters event in Indian Wells, on Saturday.

It was indeed a match full of surprises.

While serving a 5-5 in the first set, Dimitrov dropped his racket. More surprisingly, though, he chose not to pick it up and continue the rally, merely looking at the ball in disgust, as if it was the poor fluffy yellow thing to be blamed.

That was not it. The winner from Verdasco was recorded at just 38 miles per hour (mph), meaning Dimitrov had all the time in the world to retrieve his racket.

Then why didn’t? Only Dimitrov can answer.

A similar incident had happened recently at the Rio Open, where Fabio Fognini won a point despite losing his racket while unleashing a service.

Meanwhile, Verdasco will look to ride on the momentum when he squares off against American Taylor Fritz for a place in the quarter-finals.

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