Kyle Edmund raged at the umpire as controversy marred his Miami Open defeat to defending champion John Isner.
Edmund lost 7-6, 7-6 to the American, but was unhappy at what he believed to be interference from the crowd at Miami Gardens.
When serving at 3-5 down in the second set tiebreak, there was a shout of “out” from the crowd following a return from Isner.
Play continued, but Edmund raised an objection with Brazilian umpire Carlos Bernardes.
“It is the public,” explained Bernardes, “you cannot stop like this, it is the person from the crowd.”
Edmund replied: “I didn’t stop”, adding: “You have no control … they keep shouting at every point … unbelievable.”
After the match, though, Edmund insisted the key moment was actually in the first set tiebreak, when he failed to convert after being 5-2 up.
“That was a huge moment, that’s frustrating and really disappointing because I had worked so hard to break back and get myself in that position.
“It was a very tight match, but that’s it when you play him, it’s very small margins.
“That was my eleventh match this month, so to have eleven matches from where I was in Australia is a good thing.
“I’m feeling strong and it will be nice to keep it going onto the clay, which I’m looking forward to.”
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