WATCH: ‘Tell him not to be such a bad loser’ – Andy Murray trolls Rafael Nadal after Madrid Open thrashing
Andy Murray handed Rafael Nadal an eSports tennis hammering at the Virtual Madrid Open before aiming a playful jibe at the Spaniard.
Murray was a comfortable 3-0 winner over Nadal, who will now struggle to make the quarter-finals, when the pair locked horns om the Playstation.
Nadal made his exit quickly after the match, prompting Murray to say: “If you speak to Rafa, tell him not to be such a bad loser next time!”
Nadal did later have his say, revealing it was not the first time the pair have faced either other in virtual competition.
Andy Murray thrashing Rafael Nadal at virtual tennis pic.twitter.com/JC1z1Gqe7s
— George Bellshaw (@BellshawGeorge) April 28, 2020
“It makes sense because when we used to play on the PlayStation years ago in pairs, he used to play with Dani [Vallverdu, Murray’s former coach] and it was always Dani’s fault!”
Murray has been tipped by Madrid Tournament director, and a former doubles partner of the Scotsman, to win the competition.
The tag of favourite does not seem to be daunting Murray, though, who said:”I think I have a chance [to win], for sure.’
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) April 28, 2020
Nadal is all but out of the tournament after another thrashing later in the day – this time from Benoit Paire.
Meanwhile, Dominic Thiem and Karen Khachanov have been forced to withdraw due to problems with their internet connection.
Underarm serves and tweeners as Nick Kyrgios returns with a bang as he wins Atlanta opener
An entertaining return to action from Nick Kyrgios.
‘I don’t know if I’ll get the opportunity to play again’ at Olympics, admits Andy Murray after defeat
Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury’s Olympic campaign over.
‘If I die will the ITF take responsibility?’ asks Daniil Medvedev as heat takes its toll at Olympics
“I was ready to just fall down on the court,” says Medvedev.
Liam Broady delights in ‘career-high moment’ after upsetting Hubert Hurkacz at the Tokyo Olympics
“It couldn’t have gone better,” says Liam Broady.
Andy Murray gives fitness update after men’s doubles win and explains why he ‘loves’ the Olympics
Andy Murray happy to prioritise men’s doubles at Olympics.
No complacency from Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury as they look to join Britain’s medal rush at Olympics
Andy Murray and Joe Salisbury into the men’s doubles quarter-finals.
Naomi Osaka admits she ‘didn’t really know how to cope with Olympics pressure’
Naomi Osaka’s gold medal dreams at Tokyo 2020 over.
High praise for Carlos Alcaraz as Richard Gasquet declares ‘he has the potential to win in a Grand Slam’
Richard Gasquet highlights Carlos Alcaraz’s impressive tennis features.
Naomi Osaka ‘sad’ after crashing out of Tokyo 2020, but ‘really happy with first Olympic experience’
Osaka had hoped to become the first Japanese tennis player to win Olympic gold.