Andy Murray was defeated by Fabio Fognini in what was an acrimonious second round clash between the two stars at the Shanghai Masters.
The sound came from him, which you're not allowed to do, it's against the rules, it's hindrance, you shouldn't do it Andy Murray
The Italian, seeded 10, won 7-6(4) 2-6 7-6(2) having, in the former world number one’s view, made a ‘noise’ during a critical point,
The result was disappointing for Murray served for the match twice. Nonetheless his performance showed that his rehabilitation from last January’s hip surgery is progressing fast with the Australian Open revealing earlier in the day that he would be competing in Melbourne in January.
But defeat on this occasion angered the Scot who accused Fognini of trying to put him off by shouting while he went for a volley; and, by the fact he had failed to serve out on both occasions he had the chance to settle the match.
The two players confronted one another at the net near the end exchanged viewsin a bad-tempered manner which Murray explained: “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?’
“I was like, ‘I was just about to hit a shot, and someone made a noise’. He then told me to stop looking at him.
“The sound came from him, which you’re not allowed to do, it’s against the rules, it’s hindrance, you shouldn’t do it.”
The three-time Grand Slam winner was also frustrated that the chair umpire failed to intervene during the three hour 9-minute contest.
“Fabio wanted to engage with me, I probably shouldn’t have done, but I am not having him talk to me like that on court,” Murray continued.
The former world number one was also annoyed he failed to serve out the match, twice.
“I want to say that’s the first time ever in my career that that’s happened,” Murray said.
“I think it’s the first time I served for a match twice and not won.”
He the concluded: “There is a lot of things that I need to get better at and I can do much better.
“I will go away, and I’ll work on those things and be in a better position next time I play against him.”
Murray will now return to Europe to compete in Antwerp which starts on Monday.
The last Briton in action in Shanghai was qualifier Cameron Norrie who suffered a quick 6-3 6-1 loss to the in-form Daniil Medvedev, seeded 3.
The Russian’s victory was his 55th win on the tour this year.
He said: “It’s never easy to play a qualifier [and it] was my first match here in Shanghai after few weeks without a tournament, so I was a little bit stressed about my level, but finally I managed to show a really good level, get out from there in less than one hour – really happy and looking forward.”
In other action Roger Federer seeded 2, and cheered on by his fans courtside, opened his account with a 6-2 7-6(5) win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas who he had defeated in Shanghai back in 2015, a fact he admitted he hadn’t forgotten.
“The truth, yeah, I was thinking about it, watched highlights,” the Swiss maestro admitted.
“Remember how it felt, I had my chances. I won many more points that time than I lost, so I should have actually won that match.”