There is never a bad time to come up with an excuse for re-watching the epic Andy Murray vs. Juan Martin Del Potro feud at the 2008 Rome Masters, and now is an especially good time after Murray’s Australian Open quarterfinal match against Tomas Berdych on Thursday invoked obvious memories.
The Murray-Del Potro feud:
There was also the 2013 Aussie Open battle between Murray and Federer, in which the Swiss fired over an expletive at Murray for stopping play after a close call in the middle of a point. Murray responded in silent but effective style:
Since those incidents, however, Del Potro has become Mr. Nice Guy and Murray has had no problems with Federer. In fact, the 17-time slam champion blatantly avoided handing out a double-bagel at the World Tour Finals last fall after leading 6-0, 5-0 with Murray serving at 0-30.
Tension was expected with Murray’s former coach, Dani Vallverdu, now in Berdych’s corner. And it’s safe to say Murray’s 6-7(6), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 victory did not disappoint in the drama-producing department.
Murray yells at Berdych’s camp after breaking back in the first set, and Berdych doesn’t like it:
Simultaneously, Kim Sears–Murray’s girlfriend–has some choice words for the Czech:
Berdych says, “good play, Tomas” right as he passes Murray after the first set, and Murray doesn’t like it:
Thanks, guys. This kind of of drama has been sorely missed.