Australian Open 2015 Andy Murray Takes Aim At Critics After Rafael Nadals Struggles With Cramp
Andy Murray has sparked more debate on Twitter by questioning why Rafa Nadal has not been criticised for his on-court fitness problems at the Australian Open.
The Spaniardsuffered from cramp and admitted he nearly vomited in the Rod Laver Arena before battling back to beat American qualifier Tim Smyczek in five sets.
But the British No.1has suggested there are double standards in the media when he has struggled with his own fitness.
The world No.6 last caused controversy on social media with a tweet to support Scottish independence on the eve of the vote in September.
This time Murray tweeted: "When I cramped and won in the us open last year I was a "drama Queen, unfit, needs to see a shrink, faker" weird…"
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The Scot is clearly unhappy at the flak he took at Flushing Meadow last year when he suffered from cramp before beating Dutchman Robin Haase in five gruelling sets in the first round.
And he was furious at the 2012 French Open when fellow Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade labelled him a "drama queen"after he overcame back spasms before beating Jarkko Nieminen of Finland.
Nadal has a history of injury problems in the heat in Melbourne, including pulling out against Murray in the 2010 quarter-finals with a knee problem and suffering back problems while losing the final to Stan Wawrinka last year.
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The Swiss defending champion, who beat qualifier Marius Copil in straight sets, said: "I saw the end of the match. It was quite an interesting match. I think Tim was playing really great tennis.
"I think that”s what you can expect from Rafa, especially at the beginning of the tournament after few months out of tournament, so many tough battle, big up and down. I don”t know what happens with him physically.
"But, yeah, I think, like I said before the tournament, if you get through the first week he”s going to be really, really dangerous to win the title. Let”s see what”s going to happen now."
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But Wawrinka was full of praise for Smyczek after the world No.112 allowed Nadal to re-take a first serve when a fan shouted out from the crowd.
"I think it was great for him to give back the point," said the world No.4. "You don”t see it so many times and it”s great sportsmanship. Would I do it? I don”t know. Let”s see. Yeah, I don”t know. You cannot answer that.
"After four hours of match you don”t know what”s in your mind. Sometimes you react just like that. So it”s not like you don”t ask you that question when it”s happening. You just do it. Hope so I will do it."
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