WATCH: Andy Murray and Fabio Fognini explain heated row during their match

Sport360 staff 09:20 09/10/2019
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Andy Murray.

Andy Murray explained why he reacted angrily against Italian Fabio Fognini in the second round of the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday.

“I had a volley on top of the net so someone yeah, someone made a noise. I didn’t know who made the noise. I looked in the direction of where the noise came from. He then told me ‘stop looking at me. What are you looking at me for?… The sound, came from, and it came from him, which you’re not allowed to do. It’s against the rules. It’s hindrance” Andy Murray said during the press conference.

Fognini admitted he didn’t understand why Murray reacted so angrily.

The Italian defeated the Scottish player 7-6(4), 2-6, 7-6(2) to reach the third round of the Shanghai Masters.










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Roger Federer tumbles out of US Open after shock defeat to Grigor Dimitrov

Press Association Sport 08:30 04/09/2019
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Roger Federer suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals at the US Open.

The 20-time grand slam winner had looked destined for a box-office final against Rafael Nadal in what would have been the great rivals’ first meeting at Flushing Meadows.

But Bulgarian Dimitrov tore up that script with a first ever win over the Swiss, who needed a medical time-out and looked out of sorts throughout a five-set defeat.

Punters on Arthur Ashe for the night session might have feared being short-changed after Serena Williams ran through Wang Qiang in 44 minutes.

After all, Dimitrov had not beaten Federer in any of their previous seven matches, and had taken only two sets off him.

The majority of those defeats came when the Bulgarian was a constant in the top 10, peaking as high as world number three. And coming into New York he had slumped to a lowly 78.

But all was clearly not well with Federer, who hit an unprecedented 60 unforced errors.

He had been flexing his racket arm during the fourth set, and in a rare occurrence the 38-year-old took a lengthy break from court for treatment before the start of the decider. Dimitrov filled the time doing press-ups.

Two breaks of the Federer serve later, Dimitrov was 4-0 up and in unchartered territory.

A Federer hold to 15 momentarily stopped the bleeding, until Dimitrov responded in kind.

Federer made Dimitrov serve out the match, and the 28-year-old did so to love to seal the biggest win of his career, 3-6 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-2.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been on this court so I was nervous in the first set and he served really well,” said Dimitrov.

“I think after the second set I felt I was getting a good stride on my shots.

“We had a really long game in the fourth set and I wanted to make him stay on court for long as possible.

“For sure he was not at his best at the end. It’s the best of five and anything can happen.”

In the last four Dimitrov will face Daniil Medvedev, who continued to wind up the US Open crowd after knocking out Stan Wawrinka to reach his first grand slam semi.

The Russian fifth seed remains public enemy number one among the Flushing Meadows fans after flipping them a ‘visual obscenity’ during his win over Feliciano Lopez last week.

Medvedev needed extensive treatment to his thigh during the first set, which he eventually took on a tie-break.

Wawrinka, the 2016 champion, must have felt he might have another retirement on his hands, having seen previous opponent Novak Djokovic throw in the towel two nights earlier.

But despite the crowd once again cheering Wawrinka’s every point to the rafters, it was Medvedev who ran out the 7-6 (6) 6-3 3-6 6-1 winner.

The 23-year-old’s goading of the crowd in his on-court interviews has been a feature of this tournament, and he concluded his latest one by saying: “So many people support me, so many people don’t like me.

“I can just say, I try to be myself guys. I have to say, sorry guys, and thank you!”

Medvedev earlier explained his injury issues, revealing he felt he may not be able to finish the match.

He said: “The match was really strange. I had really big pain in my quadriceps and I didn’t feel I could continue in the first set.

“I feel really strange about this match but I’m happy to be in my first major semi-final.

“Before the match I was feeling perfect, and all these tapes were for protection.

“In the first game of the match I pulled my quadriceps. I took a painkiller and by the fourth set I was feeling normal.

“I’ll see how I feel in the morning and try my best to be fit for the semis.” 

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US Open 2019: Novak Djokovic battles through pain of shoulder injury to reach third round

Press Association Sport 08:17 29/08/2019
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Novak Djokovic needed extensive treatment on a shoulder injury during his second-round win over Juan Ignacio Londero at the US Open.

The defending champion and world number one came through a tough encounter in straight sets, 6-4 7-6 (3) 6-1, despite falling a double break behind in the second.

Ordinarily Djokovic is not a player who discloses any injury problems, but this one was difficult to hide and could hinder his title defence.

He admitted: “It was definitely affecting my serve and my backhand.

“I was definitely tested. This is something I have been carrying for quite a while now. It wasn’t easy playing with the pain but you have to find a way.

“I had some luck in the second set. I’ll move on, it’s not the first time I have faced this challenge. It is what it is. Now I’ll probably freeze my arm for 48 hours.

“It was a straight-sets win, but it was a difficult match to play. He was unfortunate at 3-0 up with serve in the second set, but somehow I managed to come back, that was crucial.”

Roger Federer was at a loss to explain his sluggish starts this week after dropping the opening set for the second successive match.

Two days after Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal pinched the first set, Federer found himself behind again, this time to world number 99 Damir Dzumhur.

The five-time Flushing Meadows champion was broken in his first service game thanks to a wayward volley and a loose forehand into the net.

Dzumhur, from Bosnia, then secured an unlikely double break to take a 4-0 lead on his way to clinching the first set.

The drama almost turned into a crisis as Federer faced a break point in the second, but he survived a long, tense rally to come out unscathed.

From then on the 20-time grand slam champion took control, wrapping up a 3-6 6-2 6-3 6-4 win in two hours and 22 minutes.

But the error-strewn start to the match was a cause of some concern for the 38-year-old.

“I got exactly what I expected from both guys. I knew what Nagal was going to give me. I knew what Dzumhur was going to give me,” he said.

“But I didn’t expect to hit 15 to 20 unforced errors, which is basically the entire set just sort of donated.

“But look, they came out and they were well prepared and got me to do that. But I clearly have to play better from the get-go.

“When it happens like this back-to-back matches it’s just a bit frustrating more than anything, especially when the level is that low and there is that many errors and the energy is not kind of there.

“But, yeah, I can only do better, which is a great thing moving forward.”

Seventh seed Kei Nishikori, a finalist in New York in 2014, beat American Bradley Klahn 6-2 4-6 6-3 7-5 on a day otherwise wrecked by rain, which meant no play on any of the outside courts.

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