Murray: No problem with time calls

Andy Murray during his second round men's singles match against Joao Sousa.

Published: Friday 29th May 2015 by Caroline Stephenson

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Andy Murray insists he has no complaint with the two time-violations he received during his French Open second-round victory over Portugal’s Joao Sousa.

Murray beat Sousa 6-2 4-6 6-4 6-1 on Court Philippe Chatrier to book a third-round match with Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, but he was twice penalised by umpire Pascal Maria for exceeding the 20-second limit between points.

The Scot seemed to be waiting for the wind to drop when he was warned in the eighth game of the second set, while after the second offence in the third, which cost him a fault, he explained to the umpire he had been delayed by highlights being played on the big screen.

Maria’s strict approach came as a surprise after Rafael Nadal confirmed this week he had requested to be given a “break” from Brazilian umpire Carlos Bernardes, who gave the Spaniard time-violations during a match in February.

“I wasn’t annoyed with the time thing at all, I made no issue of it on the court,” Murray said.

“I think it’s there for a reason. Sometimes I play too slow and that’s unintentional. I don’t mean to do it.

“But obviously as a player you have no idea how long you’re taking in between the points and people can say, ‘Oh, they do, they play tennis’, but the reality is things happen sometimes.

“You don’t get the ball in time or the towel in time. Or the second one that I got, genuinely I was up at the line in good time, but they were showing the highlights from the point before, so I didn’t serve.

“So sometimes things like that make it tougher for the players but there were points today where I got told I was playing too slow and I should try to speed up. And I did.”

Murray came through a difficult match against Sousa, who appeared to have the British number one in trouble when he took two consecutive breaks to win the second set.

A break in the opening game of the fourth, however, put Murray back in control and the Scot sealed a convincing victory in two hours and 30 minutes.

“At that period in the match obviously I was struggling,” Murray said.

“There was pressure building. I served badly in that second set and I brought that pressure on myself.

“Then he started to play better tennis and made it difficult for me for that 30 to 40-minute period.

“It was very tough in the end of the second set through to the beginning and middle of the third.

“But when I started serving and returning better, it obviously helped me get out of trouble.”

Murray is the only British player left in the draw after Kyle Edmund withdrew with an abdominal injury and Heather Watson lost 6-2 6-4 to America’s Sloane Stephens.

Published: Friday 29th May 2015 by Caroline Stephenson

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