Andy Murray blames Fernando Verdasco for coaching


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Andy Murray blames Fernando Verdasco for coaching

Andy Murray wasn't happy with Fernando Verdasco's behaviour. The Spaniard was accused of receiving coaching by the British player, who in his press conference after his loss explained what happened during the ten-minute heat rule after the third set ended. 'I went for a shower.

He was having an ice bath. When I came out of the shower, his coach and his -- I don't know if he's playing doubles with him, but one of the Spanish doubles players was in there chatting to him, and you're not allowed to speak to your coach,' Murray said.

'I went and told the supervisor. I said, What are you guys doing? I mean, there are clear rules here and you're allowing this to take place. I don't get it. Then he ran through, Oh, you're not allowed to speak.

I checked the rules beforehand, and I spoke to my team. We were clear you don't speak to your coaches whatever. They obviously weren't in there for long, but you got to do better than that. This is one of the biggest events in the world.

If you have rules like that, you need to stick with them because one player getting to speak to the coach and the other is not fair.'

'The players and teams should know,' the 31-year-old added. 'I'm not blaming Fernando and his team.

They probably weren't aware that that was the rules. They certainly weren't trying to break any rules. It shouldn't be for the player that's competing against him to have to go to the supervisor. If I hadn't said anything, they would have been chatting, chatting about the match, giving tactics and stuff.

I shouldn't be in that position in the middle of a match at a slam having to make sure they're doing their job.'

Murray also took positives from the match: 'I think some of the tennis I played today was some of the best I've played since I had the surgery or since I came back.

But there were also periods in the match, especially in the first set, where, you know, I really didn't play particularly well. I hit a lot of mistakes when I was up in that set. I feel like I should have won the first set and didn't.

Then kind of at the end when my back was against the wall, I came up with some good tennis to make it close and interesting at the end and almost got myself back into it. You know, there were too many ups and downs for my liking.'