Andy Murray was involved in a furious exchange with Fabio Fognini as he lost a tight contest at the Shanghai Masters to the volatile Italian.
The flashpoint happened in the 11th game of the deciding set, with Murray upset at Fognini shouted at a crucial moment, apparently in an attempt to distract the Scot.
At the change-over, Murray told Fognini to “shut-up” before further exchanges followed.
The Scot said during the change-over: “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.”
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) 8 October 2019
Murray then shouted towards Fognini, saying: “Mate, you do it all the time, to everyone. Shut up!”
“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,” Murray explained after the match.
“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.”
The defeat brought to an end a pretty successful Asian swing for Murray, who won matches in Zhuhai, Beijing, and Shanghai as he continues his recovery from hip surgery.
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