TENNIS

Murray plays down bad blood rematch with Rosol

Andy Murray played down fears that his US Open clash against Lukas Rosol will be a repeat of their last stormy meeting when he described the Czech as being the sport's most hated player.

Murray plays down bad blood rematch with Rosol
TANNEN MAURY EFE

Andy Murray played down fears that his US Open clash against Lukas Rosol will be a repeat of their last stormy meeting when he described the Czech as being the sport's most hated player.

World number two Murray faces the controversial 31-year-old for the first time since Munich in 2015 when Rosol bumped into him at a changeover during their quarter-final. “No one likes you on the tour”, Murray told him. “Everyone hates you”.

But the Scot, the reigning Wimbledon and Olympic champion, insists that the bad blood is a thing of the past and will not impact their opening round meeting at Flushing Meadows next week. “I spoke to him after the match and it was fine. A few things happened when we were on the court”, he explained on Friday. “I have actually gotten along fine with him apart from that day. He's a tough, tough opponent, a big, strong guy. He goes for his shots and takes a lot of risks”.

Rosol, ranked at 93 in the world, rose to prominence in 2012 when he dumped Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon.