Andy Murray news: Watch the bizarre end to Brit’s match against Felix Auger-Aliassime as Murray says ‘sorry’
There was a peculiar end to the Andy Murray-Felix Auger-Aliassime match at the Rotterdam Open with the Canadian forced to replay the match-winning point.
The third-seeded Auger-Aliassime produced an impressive display as he swept aside former world No 1 Murray 6-3, 6-4 in just over 90 minutes to book his place in the quarter-final of the ATP 500 event.
However, with the score 5-4, 40-15 in the second set and the Canadian serving at match point, things got a bit heated as Murray’s hat fell off midway through the point.
Auger-Aliassime thought he had hit a winner, but the three-time Grand Slam winner had stopped playing and wanted the point to replayed as he had suffered a hindrance.
A bizarre interruption at a crucial time…
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The duo went to the net to chat with the chair umpire and Murray told his opponent and the official: “I’m not trying to cheat. I hit the ball and my hat fell off immediately and I stopped.
“Felix I promise that’s what happened. I’m sorry.”
The point was replayed and Murray ended up winning it to reduce the deficit to 40-30, but Auger-Aliassime got the job done at the second (or third time) of asking.
World No 8 Auger-Aliassime, who reached the quarter-final of the Australian Open in January, will face another Brit in Cameron Norrie for a place in the Rotterdam semi-final.
“He’s going to come out hungry to get a win and I have to respond well. I have to be ready to play him at his best,” the 21-year-old said.
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