‘You do it all the time, shut up!’: Andy Murray in Fabio Fognini row

‘You do it all the time, shut up’: Andy Murray involved in fiery exchange with Fabio Fognini over shouting at the net as he falls to Shanghai Masters loss

  • Andy Murray was beaten 7-2 2-6 7-6 in a three set thriller with Fabio Fognini
  • Tempers flared between the two when Murray felt Fognini tried to distract him
  • Murray was angry but shook Fognini’s hand when the Italian won the match

Andy Murray became involved in a furious row with opponent Fabio Fognini before falling to an agonising defeat in a fiery encounter at the Shanghai Masters event.

The 32 year-old Scot gave the feisty Italian some verbal volleys at close quarters before going down 7-6 2-6 7-6 in this second round, having twice served for the match.

Murray was angered when world No 12 Fognini, who would have been his biggest scalp in this latest chapter of his comeback, made a noise as he moved to put away a volley at the net during the tense closing stages of a match that lasted a marathon three hours and nine minutes.

Andy Murray had a furious row with opponent Fabio Fognini at the Shanghai Masters

At the following changeover at 6-5, before making his second attempt to serve the match out, there was a heated exchange around the net.

‘When I have a volley on top of the net, he shouts and then tells me ‘don’t look at me’ – he shouted in the middle of the point,’ Murray told Irish umpire Fergus Murphy, who was struggling to keep control.

He then turned to the Italian and shouted ‘Mate, you do it all the time, to everyone. Shut up!’

Unfortunately for the double Wimbledon champion, Fognini, no stranger to controversy, came out and played a strong game to take it into a tiebreak. During that he got ahead at the start and again played some of his best tennis of the match to clinch it 7-2.

There followed the most abrupt handshake and, with security heavies lingering, there were some more barbs from Murray before he left the court.

An angry Murray remonstrated with umpire Fergus Murphy during the encounter 

Murray told Fognini to ‘shut up’ as he complained about the Italian’s conduct to the umpire 

And so finished a three-week trip to China, during which Murray has showed he once again belongs at least in the top thirty with his current level of form and fitness.

He could easily have taken the first set, having led 4-2 before being pegged back and losing the tiebreak 7-4. In the second he broke early and then the Italian went walkabout, as he is wont to do.

He then served for it at 5-4 and 6-5 but could not land the killer blow. 

Murray and Fognini shook hands at the end of the match when Italian sealed a win 

When the dust settles, however, he can reflect on three tournaments which have proved he is very much on the way back after two hip operations. 

Next week he will round off a four-week campaign by playing in the European Open in Antwerp.

Earlier British No 2 Cam Norrie went down 6-3 6-1 to US Open finalist Daniil Medvedev. 

 

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