Andy Murray could not resist a parting dig at Fernando Verdasco after a row over the Spaniard’s actions during a heat break in the Brit’s second-round US Open exit.
The former world No. 1 was adamant that the 31st seed was conversing with his coach during the 10-minute recess at the end of the third set – something that is strictly prohibited in the rules.
‘When I came out of the shower, his coach and his – I don’t know if he’s playing doubles with him, but one of the Spanish doubles players was in there chatting to him, and you’re not allowed to speak to your coach,’ the Scot said in his post-match press conference.
‘I went and told the supervisor. ‘I said, “What are you guys doing? I mean, there’s clear rules here and you’re allowing this to take place. I don’t get it”.
‘Then he ran through, “Oh, you’re not allowed to speak”. ‘I checked the rules beforehand, and I spoke to my team. We were clear you don’t speak to your coaches whatever. They obviously weren’t in there for long, but you got to do better than that.’
Murray did not point the finger in Verdasco’s direction at the time, claiming he ‘probably wasn’t aware of the rules’ – but the Scot was clearly perplexed by the 34-year-old’s version of events.
‘If I was talking with my coach, [the supervisors] will put me warning or they would say something,’ Verdasco said after the 7-5 2-6 6-4 6-4 win. ‘But this never happen. Obviously they didn’t tell me anything because I didn’t do anything wrong.
Verdasco’s version of what happened during the heat break
‘I mean, I know the rule exactly. know you can’t talk with your team or use the phone or use anything. Is like a break on the court, but just on the locker. I saw my coach in the locker room, but I didn’t even talk one word with him. I think he went to the toilet. I obviously cannot say, “Don’t go to the toilet”. But actually we didn’t even spoke one word. I was in the ice bath with [Marcos] Baghdatis and his coach. The guy from the court with the time behind me just because I was asking him, “Please tell me the time so I don’t get late”. Andy didn’t take an ice bath, because I told Marcos – I was first. I didn’t even know Andy was coming. I told Marcos when I saw Andy, “Maybe he’s coming”. Andy said, “No, I’m not taking ice bath”. I said, “Marcos, you can stay”. I went in, I saw my coach, we didn’t talk one word. I just dress up quickly and went back to the court. Obviously if you say or Andy say that, I don’t want to say that he lie, but I didn’t talk one word with my coach or any one member of my team. I know exactly the rule and I don’t want to be the one breaking it.’
‘But I don’t know why Andy said that. Maybe because he saw my coach, he thought that I was speaking with him. Like I said, he went to the toilet, not to talk to me.’
In a parting shot at his Spanish opponent, Murray joked that he was ‘off to get a health check’ after ‘imagining’ Verdasco conversing with his coach, while also calling Verdasco a ‘liar’.
He wrote: Bye bye New York😔 Was nice to be back out there competing in a slam again.
Bye bye New York😔 Was nice to be back out there competing in a slam again. Gave it my best effort but it wasn’t enough. Thanks to everyone for the support and messages last few days 👍 I’m off to get a health check as apparently I’ve started imagining things. #liarliarpantsonfire🔥
‘Gave it my best effort but it wasn’t enough. Thanks to everyone for the support and messages last few days 👍
‘I’m off to get a health check as apparently I’ve started imagining things. #liarliarpantsonfire🔥’