The Queen’s Club final had to be stopped whenkicked a line judge in his match with Marin Cilic. Nalbandian was leading the second set when he kicked the small barrier surrounding the line judge out of frustration. The small barrier then hit the line judge, causing bleeding down his shin.
As soon as the chair umpire found out about the injury, he decided to end the match. The umpire announced that due to lack of sportsman spirit and misbehavior, the match would be halted, handing the title to Cilic. Although Nalbandian requested the match umpire not to disqualify him, it seemed that umpire had already made up his mind.
Nalbandian said, "Sometimes you get very frustrated on court and it's tough to control that, and sometimes I do a mistake. So it's very tough to end a final like that. But sometimes we feel so much pressure from the ATP to play a lot of tournaments. They don't do anything (for) us, and today I do a mistake and I have to pay like that. I agree I do a mistake but sometimes everybody do a mistake and I didn't feel it had to end like that, especially in a final."
ATP has crystal clear rules regarding any violent action. It says that any violent action by players during a match will directly result in his/her disqualification.
"He's actually quite seriously injured," tournament director Chris Kermode said, referring to the line judge. "Rules are rules. The ATP has forced us to end the final with a code violation." He further said it’s not up to the line judge to decide now. After this point, ATP rules guide them. Other members of the championship also insisted that these strict rules help in controlling the anger of the frustrated players. If these rules were relaxed, then such incidents will be seen more often.
The winner of the match, Marin Cilic, said that this was not the kind of win he was hoping for. He apologized to the crowd, sitting for the match for the abrupt end to the final match. "It's definitely not the way I wanted to win it," Cilic said. "The match was still open but I can't change it. I'm sorry for the (spectators) that it had to end like this."
Nalbandian was hoping to become the first Argentina player to win ATP grass court title since Javier Frana won in Nottingham in 1995.