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Tennis: Don't call me 'Mad Dog', barks beaten Matosevic after another early exit

Published on Jan 14, 2014 5:06 PM

MELBOURNE (REUTERS) - The frustration of a first-round loss in searing heat at his home Australian Open told on 54th-ranked Marinko Matosevic, who took exception to his coach's lack of support and fans calling him "mad dog" during his marathon five-setter on Tuesday.

Bosnia-born Matosevic extended his winless streak at tennis Grand Slams to 12 with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 loss to 16th-seeded Japanese Kei Nishikori after three tumultuous hours and 46 minutes on a raucous Show Court 2.

The 28-year-old battler has never won a title but retains a cult following Down Under for his full-blooded passion and histrionics on court.

With the temperature exceeding 40 deg C, he threw his heart and soul into his fifth Melbourne Park appearance, and was still fired up as he worked through an expletive-ridden post-match media conference.

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