World number one, Andy Murray entered the semi-finals of the French Open, after he beat Kei Nishikori 2-6 6-1 7-6(0) 6-1. It was a very tough match for Murray, who had lost the opening set to Kei. But the Brit bounced back and won the next three sets to keep his hopes of a French Open title alive. But the world number one was not in a good mood after the match. He did not understand why he got a time violation warning, which is why Andy Murray is upset with French Open officials.
This is what Murray said in the post match press conference,
‘I have never seen anyone get a warning after they have missed the ball toss. I have never seen that. So I was frustrated about it. It’s not like I played a great point the next point. Kei missed a second-serve return, and then I think a good serve on the next point.
Obviously, you know, I broke the following game. Kei played a poor game to break. I didn’t do anything special, but that was a critical period of the match, that, because he started way better than me. He had chances beginning of the second, as well.
And then from there I started to do a bit better. It wasn’t the best match. It was tricky out there.’ Speaking more detailed about the discussion with the umpire, Murray added: ‘When we changed ends at 1-Love he told me, You’re playing too slowly.
And then my second service game I got the warning. And the way I lost the serve, I thought was a strange time for it. But it’s possible that I’m playing too slow. I don’t know, because we don’t have the clock on the court so it’s impossible for us to tell.
But I didn’t feel like today I was playing slower than I was in the other matches. If I was, then obviously I deserved the warning. But if I have been playing at that speed the whole tournament, I should be getting the warnings throughout the whole event and not just starting in the quarterfinals.
Because we can’t tell, as players, how long we are taking. You’re allowed 20 seconds here. The rest of the year it’s 25 seconds. How the players are supposed to know that in their head when we’re playing at one speed throughout the whole year, and then you show up at the slams, you’re expected to speed up by 5 seconds.
It’s a pretty long time. And we’re not aware of that, because there is no clock on the court. So it’s difficult for the players to know how long they are taking. If I was playing much slower than I was the rest of the tournament, then I’m sorry for that.
I’ll try to speed up. But I don’t feel like I was. So that’s where, for the players, it’s difficult because the consistency is not there.’ Speaking about his semi-finals match against Stan Wawrinka, Murray said: ‘I haven’t given it lots of thought.
But obviously when we played last year, it was similar situation coming in. I think Stan had played really well coming into the match. I had struggled in some of my matches during the event last year, but I played one of my best clay court matches that day to get the win.
I need to do the same again tomorrow. He’s been playing very well. He’s not dropped a set here. Yeah, he’s obviously played extremely well the last few years at the French, and he’s confident. It’s going to be very tough.
But I can learn some things from last year. I’m sure he will, as well, and will try to change some things. Should be an interesting match.’