Fabio Fognini eliminates nervous Andy Murray from Masters Tournament in Shanghai.
During the 1/16 final match between the Italian and British tennis players there were tense moments.
Murray complained that Fognini “does it at every match” no matter what game he plays, and while speaking to the referee, he tells his Italian opponent to shut up.
Although Murray’s serve was broken in the third game of the first set, the 32-year-old Briton worked his way back to a 4-2 advantage before 10th seed Fognini staged a comeback.
Fognini saved two break points in a 22-point opening game to the second set, but Murray grew in confidence and from 1-2 down he won the next five games. Fognini momentarily wobbled at 3-3 in the decider, when, having led on serve at 40/0, Murray won four straight points for a break-point opportunity – only to see Fognini strike a forehand winner.
Murray first served for the match at 5-4 in the deciding set after Fognini was deemed not to have picked up a drop shot, but the Italian immediately bounced back after a Murray forehand error.
Then, in a tense finale, Murray set himself on a path to a seventh straight victory in Shanghai with a forehand crosscourt winner to break for a 6-5 advantage. The Scot served for a second time to close out his sixth victory over an injury-protracted season, which saw him miss five months, but Fognini’s groundstroke consistency and net play helped him to the tie-break.
The match lasted for three hours and 11 minutes, and in the quarterfinals the Italian tennis player will play with the better from the duel : Taylor Harry Fritz vs. Karen Khachanov.