Lukas Rosol, the man famous for stunning Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2012, is also one of the most hated men on the tour, that according to Andy Murray.
The top seed in Munich offered up some choice words in the direction of Rosol during their rain-delayed quarterfinal today. Murray won the match 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 but the story will be what he told his opponent in the second set.
“No one likes you on the tour,” Murray said to Rosol after dropping the first set to the Czech. “Everyone hates you.”
Murray apparently wasn’t pleased Rosol had bumped him during a changeover at the end of the first set. Judge for yourself:
And it lit a fire under Murray.
“He walked straight into me for no reason,” Murray was quoted by the BBC. “If I walked into someone for no reason I would say sorry. But he did it and then ran to the other end.
“His fitness trainer later apologised. I should not have said what I did but if someone does that and you don’t respond, you let them dictate how the match goes.
“I was told by my father that if you get pushed around then you stick up for yourself.”
Rosol once knocked over Nadal’s water bottles, so he has a history of trying to get under his opponent’s skin.
“I have had no problems with him before, but a lot of players say he does those sort of things,” Murray added. “It’s just silly. It gives more motivation and I told him that in the locker room.”
So much for Murray mellowing as a married man.
Murray did go on to beat Roberto Bautista Agut in the SFs to reach his first career clay final. He’ll face Philipp Kohlschreiber tomorrow.
UPDATE: Via DA, a better video:
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