Andy Murray Reveals Mad Dog Marinko Matosevic Apologised After Criticism Of Coach Amelie Mauresmo

Andy Murray reveals 'Mad Dog' Marinko Matosevic apologised after criticism of coach Amelie Mauresmo

Andy Murray reveals 'Mad Dog' Marinko Matosevic apologised after criticism of coach Amelie Mauresmo

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Andy Murray insisted Mad Dog’s bark is worse than his bite after revealing the Aussie has apologised for snarling at the appointment of Amelie Mauresmo.

Marinko Matosevic claimed the move to appoint a female coach last summer was “politically correct” and added: “I couldn’t do it since I don’t think that highly of the women’s game.”

But before the two friends meet in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday, the British No 1 insisted the local with the fearsome nickname was really just a little pup.

“He came and spoke to me immediately about it when it was in the papers and apologised and spoke to my mum about it and apologised, and apologised to Amelie,” he said.

“He can say something and he doesn’t necessarily mean anything bad with it. If that’s his opinion, that he doesn’t want to work with a female coach, then that’s absolutely fine, and that’s the case with many players.

“But I’m not offended by it and I get on absolutely fine with him. He’s just a bit different.

“When someone’s different, a bit out there, people want to have a go at them but he’s a good person. He respects all of the players and he’s a good guy. I get on well with him.”

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The temperamental world No 81 earned his moniker for his crazy on-court antics and he celebrated wildly yesterday after finally winning his first match at his home Grand Slam at the sixth attempt.

But Mad Dog, who hates his pet name, insisted he has mellowed over the years. “I guess I’m maturing in my old age,” laughed the 29-year-old.

“Yeah, I’m definitely a late-bloomer. I guess mentally-wise as well, late-bloomer in that department as well.”

Matosevic won a five-set thriller against Alexander Kudryavtsev yesterday after the Russian complained about the vocal crowd on Court 3 being “animals”.

The Aussie, who has lost all three of his matches to the Scot, said: “I’m sure the crowd wouldn’t be so one-sided if it’s against Murray. He’s done a couple of finals in Australia (three). Wherever they put us, I’m hoping we have a ripper.”

Murray relied on his new old serve in the opening round to see off world No 317 Yuki Bhambri – the lowest ranked player in the draw.

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Wearing a Shrek-green new kit, the Scot was broken twice and trailed 4-1 in the third set but came through to win 6-3 6-4 7-6 against the former junior world No 1.

“I served very well,” Murray said. “I tried, at the end of last year after my surgery, to change it a bit and it didn’t really help at all. I served badly pretty much all of last season, so I went back to serving as I used to and it feels way better.”

But Murray was also up to his old trick of endlessly muttering and chastising himself between points.

“When things don’t go people’s way, it’s normal to do it,” the British No 1 claimed.

“If I went to play five a sides with my dad’s friends and someone misplaces a pass, they’re just playing for fun, but everyone’s reaction is to say something about it. It’s how the brain works.”

No 3 seed Rafa Nadal won his first Grand Slam match since his shock Wimbledon exit with a straight sets win over Mikhail Youzhny.

The Spaniard, who suffered from a wrist injury and then appendicitis last season, said: “It was an important match for me. It was a comfortable victory that gives me some confidence.”

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