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Nadal backs 'great guy' Murray

2012-06-15 07:45

Halle - Rafael Nadal leapt to the defence of embattled Andy Murray on Thursday after the British star was accused of faking injuries on court.

German veteran Tommy Haas said world No 4 Murray exaggerates the effects of injuries in a bid to change the momentum of matches if he isn't playing well.

His comments came just days after former Wimbledon women's champion Virginia Wade described Murray as a "drama queen" when he suffered a back injury but recovered quickly to beat Jarkko Nieminen at the French Open.

"Andy is a great guy. In my opinion he never does this to bother the opponent. So, that's the most important thing. It's difficult to explain but I really believe in Andy," said world No 2 Nadal.

"I think he's a fair guy, a good competitor. I'm 100-percent sure that he was doing nothing to bother the opponent, to take advantage."

Nadal on Thursday made a winning return to grass courts, defeating Slovakia's Lukas Lacko 7-5, 6-1 in the second round of the Halle ATP tournament.

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Comments
  • Jaco - 2012-06-15 09:03

    I like Nadal... but I am sorry I totally agree with Virginia Wade. Murray is a total drama queen and is probably the most irritating guy to watch playing tennis. He is the new Henman. He thinks the world of himself, yet everybody knows he will never win a Grand Slam. Somebody should give him advice to drop his antics and focus on tennis itself.

      bj.pieman - 2012-06-15 09:24

      My thoughts exactly. I think Nadal is way too professional to say anything disrespectful about fellow players, this is just PR.

      Jason Pearce - 2012-06-15 10:19

      Total whinger. Then there's that irritating body language and face.

      selma.botha.9 - 2012-06-15 11:13

      Henman had impeccable manners and was much better looking.

  • jaco.duplessis2 - 2012-06-15 09:29

    He is the Scottish version of Wayne Ferreira

      selma.botha.9 - 2012-06-15 11:13

      So true.

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