Murray Gets Into It With Fognini In Shanghai, Federer Wins; Djokovic Wed.

by Staff | October 8th, 2019, 4:16 pm

Drama filled the end of the day in Shanghai on Monday as Andy Murray and Fabio Fognini got into it during their second round clash.

At 5-all in the third set, someone shouted just as Murray put away a volley. The Scot looked in the direction of the noise which seemed to indicate it came from Fognini. Things escalted on the changeover with Murray telling the Italian to “shut up!”

The exchange:

Fognini went on to take the match in a tiebreaker 7-6(4), 2-6, 7-6(2).

“There is a lot of things that I need to get better at, and I can do much better,” said Murray. “I will go away and I’ll work on those things and be in a better position next time I play against him.

“I served for the match twice and lost after three hours, so, I want to say that’s the first time ever in my career that that’s happened,” he said. “I don’t know. But I think it’s the first time I served for a match twice and not won. So I’m disappointed about that.”

Earlier, Roger Federer eased into the third round getting through Alberto Ramos Vinolos 6-2, 7-6(5) who beat the Swiss in Shanghai four years ago.

“Had a really good first set,” said Federer who never faced a break point. “I focused and had good energy, because when you travel around the globe, you’re missing a bit of energy. Those first few games or matches can be sometimes a bit tricky. So I thought that went very well for me.”

Federer will now take on either David Goffin or Mikhail Kukushkin.

Daniil Medvedev won his 25th match in his last 28 upending Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-1. And in a minor upset, Hubert Hurkacz eliminated Gael Monfils 6-2, 7-6(1).

On tap Wednesday, 4-time champion Novak Djokovic returns to meet Denis Shapovalov and Stefanos Tsitsipas tries to break the spell of Felix Auger-Aliassime who has never lost to the Greek either on tour or in the juniors.

Center Court 1 Starts At 12:30 Pm
2nd Rd Felix Auger-Aliassime v (6) Stefanos Tsitsipas
Not Before 2:00 Pm
2nd Rd(5) Alexander Zverev v (Q) Jeremy Chardy
Not Before 6:30 Pm
2nd Rd(1) Novak Djokovic v Denis Shapovalov
2nd Rd(Q) Pablo Carreno Busta v (4) Dominic Thiem

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6 Comments for Murray Gets Into It With Fognini In Shanghai, Federer Wins; Djokovic Wed.

chrisford1 Says:

I wonder what Andy’s plans are now. He lost early to a quality opponent in Fabio, perhaps choked a bit when serving for the match. Andy could get some more shakedown time to ready the “good ship Murray” for next year. Basel or Vienna then Paris. He won’t be in London except perhaps as a Sky booth guy. And if he wants to hit as a practice partner, I think he would find one of the 8 invitees conductive to that.
Love to see a Fed-Novak final, but both have tough matches possible in the quarters and semis. Very interested in how a Djokovic-Medvedev semifinal would go, as good as Daniil has gotten in the last 3-4 months.

Lucy Says:

This match was on Murray’s racket twice – and the second time he should have served it out, but for letting Fognini get into his head at a crucial moment. Fognini behaved badly – no change there but Murray should have risen above the baiting, held his nerve and claimed the match that was surely his.
No matter, he will learn from this and come back stronger.
On to Antwerp now, where he will have time to prepare.

Wog Boy Says:

So, what really was Andy’s problem with Fognini, lack of sense of humour, I guess Fognini was right.
Too much fuss about nothing, he had volley that he couldn’t miss, he could as well laugh together with Fognini after he hit that volley.

RZ Says:

I hate the whole “oh I was only joking, have a sense of humor” response to when someone pulls a jerk move. Andy said later that’s what made him angry, more than the yelling during play. Too bad he didn’t win – that’s the best way of dealing with people who pull crap on the court.

j-kath Says:

There is so much history between Andy and Fogini….in every encounter there’s always been “cute” behaviour from the Fog that always manages to rile Andy – reminiscent of the politics currently happening in the UK with Trump – sorry I meant Boris.

KTennisFanatic Says:

Duuuude the intensity is real 😄

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