Former world No. 1 Andy Murray believes Italy's Fabio Fognini was intentionally trying to provoke and frustrate him during their Shanghai Masters second round clash. Murray, now ranked at No. 289 in the world, fell just short of beating Fognini as the the 10th-seeded Italian won 7-6 (4) 2-6 7-6 (2) to progress into the Shanghai Masters round-of-16.
As Murray was preparing to hit a shot at the net towards the end of the third set, Fognini shouted something hoping it would distract the Briton. However, the three-time Grand Slam champion won the point but he was clearly unhappy with Fognini's behavior.
"Someone made a noise, I didn't know who made the noise, I looked in the direction of where the noise came from," Murray said, per the AFP. "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." Murray got frustrated when the chair umpire failed to intervene and even told Fognini to "shut up" during the changeover.
"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." Also, Murray was in a bit of disbelief for failing to serve out for the match twice in the third set.
"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."