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Nishioka Meltdown in Marseille

Yoshihito Nishioka is having a very bad year. The 25 year old lefthander is ranked 59 in the world now but he is losing almost all of his matches.

He lost both matches in the ATP Cup (to Andrey Rublev and Guido Pella) both in straight sets.

He lost first round in AO to Pedro Martinez.

He won two rounds in Singapore, beating Maxime Cressy and Michael Mmoh but then he lost in the QF to Alexander Bublik 63 62.

Yesterday in Marseille, Nishioka lost again to youngster Emil Ruusuvuori 62 42 retired. Nishioka quit the match to the 21 year old world no. 87 from Finland for unclear reasons.

But Nishioka showed signs of frustration throughout the match. Early on he had a bizarre exchange about Hawkeye with the chair umpire, seemingly annoyed that Hawkeye was not being used on the court.

Overpowered and outhit in the match, Nishioka lost the first set 62 and then left the court for a break and requested a trainer bring him a cup of coffee. When that request was denied, Nishioka made some kind of noisy racket near his chair, but it was off camera. After being broken at 4-2, Nishioka pulled a Roberto Duran NO MAS and just walked off the court to his chair, quitting the match but shaking hands with his opponent.

After the match Nishioka complained of jet lag but he has not played since losing in Singapore a week ago.

Nishioka is now 2-5 on the year.

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