Andy Murray Drops Out of Shanghai after Heated Clash with Fognini


Murray and Fognini were neck and neck in the first set, with the three-time Grand Slam champion moving confidently across the baseline and hitting some fantastic winners. 

The set went to a tiebreak, and the Italian came out on top. 

But the 32-year-old Brit kept his foot on the gas at the start of the second set, and his relentlessness paid off as he got the breakthrough he desperately needed. 

Fognini’s edginess started to take its toll on his game. He lashed out and smashed the ball out of the arena after losing a point. 

Something has certainly disturbed the world no. 11 as he played through the next few games as he was playing an exhibition match. Andy Murray took full advantage of it and stormed through the second set to force a decider. 

Fognini managed to pull it together at the start of the third, and we’ve seen some brilliant tennis from both players. 

Murray didn’t have much success on the net but pulled off a shot of the day while running full speed to the left side of the net and somehow angling an uncatchable drop shot. 

Fognini had some brilliant shots of his own and demonstrated a superb defense.

But the two-time Olympic gold winner took it up a notch at 4-4 and eventually broke Fognini to serve for the match. 

Fognini didn’t want to go out without a fight, and he immediately responded with a re-break after Murray dropped a backhand into the net. 

Tensions started growing in the latter stages of the match, with both players snipping each other after every point. 

Murray broke Fognini again at 5-5, with both players having a heated exchange at the net. The quarrel culminated when Murray told his opponent to “shut up.”

That clearly fueled Fognini as he broke back once again to force a third set tiebreak. 

In the third set tiebreak, it was the Italian who prevailed, hitting deep shots and finding outrageous angles. The three-time Shanghai champ was notably worn out, and Fognini emerged victoriously.