Murray refuses to criticise Nadal

Andy Murray refused to slam Rafael Nadal for taking too much time between points but instead asked the media to “draw your own conclusions”, following his loss to the Spaniard in the Monte Carlo semi-finals on Saturday.

Reem Abulleil
by Reem Abulleil
16th April 2016

article:16th April 2016

Grumbles: Andy Murray.
Grumbles: Andy Murray.

Andy Murray refused to slam Rafael Nadal for taking too much time between points but instead asked the media to “draw your own conclusions”, following his loss to the Spaniard in the Monte Carlo semi-finals on Saturday.

Murray got off to an explosive start against Nadal but lost his cool in the second and third sets, having several spats with umpire Damien Dumusois, who accused the world No. 2 of being disrespectful.

Nadal, known to take liberties with the 25 seconds allotted to a player before serving, was timed taking as many as 31 seconds between points on his way to breaking his opponent in the third set.

Murray told Dumusois: “It’s fascinating what you let some of these guys get away with.”

The Mallorcan was given more than one time violation warning in the encounter, including one on match point.

The umpire hit out at Murray, accusing him of intentionally throwing the ball at him twice.

“You have zero respect for me,” Dumusois told the Brit, to which Murray responded: “Don’t just make stuff up.”

Asked to comment on his exchanges with the umpire and whether they were about Nadal’s time violations, Murray said: “There were a few things that happened in the match. Obviously towards the end, he got the time violation for taking too long in that last game.

“You guys were watching. And you can draw your own conclusions from it. I don’t know how much of a bearing any of that had on the outcome… But when you’re losing at the end, it’s easy to get frustrated at things.”

On whether he was satisfied with his level of concentration, Murray said: “I think it was positive. I played a good match today. It wasn’t perfect. But apart from the one game at 3-1 in the third, I mean, I played good.

“I do feel like I played a pretty good level match today for the most part. Obviously, there was a few dips. But, I mean, that can happen. Also Rafa is allowed to play well sometimes, too. So you have to give your opponent credit.”


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