Marin Cilic: Police shouldn't investigate David Nalbandian

Cilic: Police shouldn't investigate Nalbandian
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Marin Cilic does not believe that David Nalbandian should face a police investigation for the incident that saw him disqualified at Queen's on Sunday.

Marin Cilic believes that there has been an "overreaction" to the incident that led to David Nalbandian being disqualified from Sunday's AEGON Championships final at Queen's Club.

Cilic was deemed the winner after Nalbandian kicked an advertising hoarding in frustration, which broke and cut into the leg of line judge Andrew McDougal.

Nalbandian has been fined the maximum penalty of £8,000 and the Metropolitan Police confirmed on Monday that they were investigating a complaint of alleged assault against the 30-year-old.

Cilic told The Tennis Space: "I was surprised when I heard that the police were getting involved because what happened on the court wasn't intentional.

"I mean, of course, it was just a reaction, but it ended up being quite tough for him finishing the match like that being defaulted. And then to confront this, with the police, that's pretty bad.

"I think it's an overreaction for the police to be involved. I don't really want to judge but he wasn't trying to do that intentionally, as he knew that if he did that he would be defaulted. I don't think he was trying to do anything like that."

Nalbandian has apologised for the incident and said that he hopes to compete at the event next year.

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