Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Whole New Ball Game for Murray; Verbal Volley at Umpire Mars Miami Win for British Number One

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Whole New Ball Game for Murray; Verbal Volley at Umpire Mars Miami Win for British Number One

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ANDY Murray launched a midmatch rant after he was accidentally given a ball from the women's matches before beating Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin in straight sets in the second round of the Miami Open.

Murray has had to wait most of the first week to begin his campaign in Key Biscayne after a first-round bye and it perhaps showed in an up-anddown performance before the British number one eventually came through 6-3 7-5 in an hour and 38 minutes.

Murray was serving in the fifth game of the second set when he was given a lighter ball being used for the women's tournament and he was not impressed, his comments being picked up by court-side microphones and broadcast on TV.

Murray (pictured right) was heard to say: "That's one of the women's balls and I could have hit a shot with it."

After dropping his serve for the first time in the match to go 3-2 behind in the set, the Scot continued his rant at the change of ends when he exchanged words with umpire Mohamed Lahyani.

He said: "For me that's not good enough, it's unacceptable.

Unacceptable to have one of those balls in there."

Despite the setback, Murray went on to win the match and reach the third round.

Before his spat the 28-year-old started the match well, breaking serve in the opening game.

Yet any thoughts of simply brushing his opponent aside were shelved as Istomin battled to hold his next service game and tested Murray with an audacious array of shots before the Scot came through to lead 3-1. Murray stepped up a gear in the remainder of the first set, though, accelerating through to take it 6-3. Istomin broke serve for the first time in a pulsating fifth game of the second set.

A superb forehand winner down the line from Murray was all but forgotten as an overhit drop shot allowed Istomin to set up break point with a neat cross-court clip. …

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