Former world number one and three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray is climbing his way back into form, and that continued in Shanghai this week.
Murray battled against Italy’s Fabio Fognini on Tuesday, and the two were involved in a back-and-forth dialogue after Fognini appeared to shout as Murray went to hit a volley at the net.
“Someone made a noise, I didn’t know who made the noise, I looked in the direction of where the noice came from. He then told, ‘Stop looking at me, what are you looking at me for?’” Murray explained afterwards. “He told me to stop complaining, to have a sense of humor. I wanted to know where the sound came from and it came from him, which you’re not allowed to do. It’s against the rules, it’s hindrance, you shouldn’t do it. But he said I should have a sense of humor about that but in that moment, neither of us were in a joking, laughing kind of mood.”
While Murray would come up short in the match, with Fognini winning 7-6(4), 2-6, 7-6(2), he displayed the fire and intensity that tennis fans have become accustomed to seeing from Murray. It was another indication of the seriousness of his return to the tour, and hopefully approaching the form that saw him reach the sport’s pinnacle.
He is only competing in his sixth singles tournament following the hip surgery he thought might end his career, and is expected to play in the European Open in Antwerp, Belgium next week.
“Each week I feel like I’m making progress just now, and that’s obviously positive,” he said.