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Coach Mark Woodforde puts comment by Marinko Matosevic behind him

Among a host of other post-and-during-match complaints, an anguished Marinko Matosevic had accused his coach, Mark Woodforde, of not providing enough verbal support during Tuesday's five-set loss to Kei Nishikori.

Woodforde then told the BBC his client was unprofessional, and criticised his failure to take responsibility for his own performances.

So, where are they now?

Mark Woodforde watches Marinko Matosevic in his first round match against Kei Nishikori of Japan on Tuesday.

Mark Woodforde watches Marinko Matosevic in his first round match against Kei Nishikori of Japan on Tuesday. Photo: Getty Images

Matosevic is out of the doubles as well and so, as of Wednesday afternoon, was gone from the Australian Open, his 12-match career grand slam singles losing streak regrettably and in-some-ways-unluckily intact.

The big coach-player conversation was best saved for a time when the emotional 28-year-old was feeling cooler than the weather obviously was, but all this is part of the education he needs, and the lessons Woodforde is trying to teach.

''He wanted me as his coach, he has it, and so from my end we're moving forward,'' said Woodforde, the former doubles great and wily top-20 singles craftsman, who was unimpressed by Matosevic's loss of focus and discipline. ''The heart of the problem [is] that he's just upset that he lost,'' said Woodforde of the Australian No.2.

''So I have empathy for him, because I know how hard he worked for it, and he was faced with a difficult draw. There's a lot of emotion he gives to these matches, and so that's how he kind of deals with it.

''It's not ideal, I don't enjoy him sitting there and speaking like that, certainly about me, but I'm trying to, I guess, counsel him, as part of my role as his coach. He forgets sometimes that the main opponent is up the other end, and I guess he falls back sometimes to something that he used to do. He's trying to break free of some of those habits, and my role is to use my own experience to try and help him with that.

''All that other stuff, I know it's connected, but the heart of the problem [is] that he's just upset that he lost … There's a lot of emotion that he gives to these matches, and we're gonna use it as a tool and move on.

''He allows it to weigh so heavily on him. In the end, if the result didn't come his way, he's got to deal with the fact that he lost focus when he was actually doing very well against Nishikori and was close to beating the guy.

''But the energy that takes has got to be so exhausting for him. Everyone has to deal with a loss, and sometimes you've gotta take it on the chin.''

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