Angry Murray accuses Fognini after bitter Shanghai exit

Angry Murray accuses Fognini after bitter Shanghai exit
Andy Murray of Britain greets Fabio Fognini of Italy after their match at the Shanghai Masters (AFP)

Shanghai - The two players confronted one another in a lengthy exchange by the net near the end of a bad-tempered match that stretched past three hours



By AFP

Published: Tue 8 Oct 2019, 8:07 PM

Last updated: Tue 8 Oct 2019, 10:12 PM

A fuming Andy Murray accused Fabio Fognini of shouting during a critical point as the Briton went down fighting in three bitter sets at the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday.
The two players confronted one another in a lengthy exchange by the net near the end of a bad-tempered match that stretched past three hours.
The 12th-ranked Fognini plays the unseeded American Taylor Fritz or Russian seventh seed Karen Khachanov in the last 16 after a contentious 7-6 (7/4), 2-6, 7-6 (7/2) victory.
But Murray, 32, on the comeback from career-saving hip surgery in January, said: "Someone made a noise, I didn't know who made the noise, I looked in the direction of where the noise came from.
"He then told me, 'Stop looking at me, what are you looking at me for?'
"I was like, 'I was just about to hit a shot and someone made a noise'. He then told me to stop looking at him," Murray added.
"The sound came from him, which you're not allowed to do, it's against the rules, it's hindrance, you shouldn't do it."
The three-time Grand Slam winner was frustrated the chair umpire failed to intervene as the match turned increasingly sour.
Tuesday should have been a day for minor celebration after the Australian Open said that Murray will make his return to Grand Slam tennis there in January, a year after surgery.
"Fabio wanted to engage with me, I probably shouldn't have done, but I am not having him talk to me like that on court," said Murray of their exchange.
The former number one was also annoyed he repeatedly served for the match but failed to win.
"I want to say that's the first time ever in my career that that's happened," Murray said.
"I think it's the first time I served for a match twice and not won."
Red-hot Daniil Medvedev, the US Open finalist, got his tournament off to a flying start with a 6-3, 6-1 demolition of Britain's Cameron Norrie.
 


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