Australian Open 2015 Andy Murray Will Be Up Against Marinko Matosevic And His Loud Mouth Coach
Marinko Matosevic”s loudest cheerleader against Andy Murray will be the Aussie”s own coach after Mad Dog sacked his last one for not making enough noise.
Last year Matsosevic accused his then coach Mark Woodforde of not giving him enough support during his five-set defeat here to Kei Nishikori.
The doubles legend hit back by claiming: "He doesn”t want to take responsibility for what”s going on on the court."
Not surprisingly, the pair split up after the US Open – and new coach Ashley Fisher will not make the same mistake.
He was seen fist-pumping, clapping and banging on advertising boards during the Melbourne-based player”s first round win over Russian Alexander Kudryavtsev – his first in his home Grand Slam.
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"I try to be passionate because I know that”s what he wants," Fisher said. "He wants a very verbal box and a very verbal coach. I respect that and I try to give him what he wants.
"That”s not necessarily my personality; but it”s not about me, it”s about what he needs. So I do my best to be as emotional and as vocal as I can in the box.
"From day one he”s made it clear. I saw the headlines last year with Woodforde, so I knew it was a priority for him. He told me what he wanted, but he didn”t need to tell me.
"I know that he wants that. He”s always had fiery coaches in the box and I figured he wanted that from me."
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Kudryavtsev called the Aussie crowd "animals" during his five-set defeat while No 11 seed Ernests Gulbis also had problems with fans while taking on a local.
During his defeat to Thanasi Kokkinakis, the Latvian shouted: "Shut up" at spectators early in the match and later called out: "Show some respect."
Afterwards, Gulbis said: "I lost, he won. I had no problem with the crowd."
But Murray is not fearing any problems from the Melbourne Park crowd in a tournament where he has reached the final three times. "I”m sure it will be a good atmosphere," said the Scot. "I will be a fun match."
The world No 6 will take on Matosevic in the second match on Margaret Court Arena at about 2am Wednesday UK time.
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