California - Andy Murray had to contend with the
loudest grunting he has ever heard from an opponent during his 7-6 6-4
win over Carlos Berlocq of Argentina in the BNP Paribas Open fourth
round on Wednesday.
The two players first exchanged words across
the net during the ninth game of the opening set, which US Open
champion Murray eventually won 7-4 on the tiebreak.
Berlocq for taking too long in between a few points, the third-seeded
Scotsman responded by complaining to the chair umpire about the high
decibel level at the other end of the court.
complained I was taking too long between the points, and there were
maybe one or two points where that could have been an issue," Murray,
25, told reporters after sealing victory in just under two hours on
Stadium Court Two.
"But when someone is grunting like that it's
every single shot. And also, when you're doing it that loud, but you
aren't doing that on every single shot, there is obviously a reason for
why you're grunting like that.
"If I'm going to be supposedly
taking too long between points on one or two points, then grunting that
loud for that long is like an extended grunt as well. It's making a
noise when you're hitting the ball. It's annoying."
Berlocq had earlier said he had no idea his grunting would bother an
opponent, Murray prompted laughter by replying: "But that's what all of
the real grunters say.
"You know, it's like sometimes silence and
then it comes out of nowhere. It's a bit of a shock. So that's what I
don't understand with it. To go from nothing to the loudest grunt you
can do, it makes no sense."
Murray, who broke Berlocq twice in the
second set to book his place in the last eight at Indian Wells, said he
had never previously spoken to a chair umpire about on-court grunting.
I have been on the court or off it, it's never been something I have
found to be really that off-putting," the world number three said.
if it's going to be suggested that I am using gamesmanship by taking
too long, then you can't be making noises like that on the court. I
haven't experienced it like that before.
"It was extremely,
extremely loud, more than what I have experienced from any other player
on the tour," added the Murray, who clinched his first grand slam crown
at last year's US Open after winning the Olympic gold at the London
Murray, a losing finalist here in 2009, will meet
seventh-seeded Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in the quarter-finals
Results on Wednesday from the eighth day of the ATP Masters and WTA BNP Paribas Open (x denotes seeded player):
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x8) bt Milos Raonic (CAN x17) 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
Kevin Anderson (RSA) bt Gilles Simon (FRA x13) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
Tomas Berdych (CZE x6) bt Richard Gasquet (FRA x10) 6-1, 7-5
Roger Federer (SUI x2) bt Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x18) 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 7-5
Andy Murray (GBR x3) bt Carlos Berlocq (ARG) 7-6 (7/4), 6-4
Juan Martin del Potro (ARG x7) bt Tommy Haas (GER x19) 6-1, 6-2
Rafael Nadal (ESP x5) bt Ernests Gulbis (LAT) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
Maria Kirilenko (RUS x13) bt Petra Kvitova (CZE x5) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
Maria Sharapova (RUS x2) bt Sara Errani (ITA x6) 7-6 (8/6), 6-2