Murray in rage as Fish gets off the hook
Andy Murray accused opponent Mardy Fish of gamesmanship during a furious volley directed at officials after his AEGON Championships third-round clash was halted for bad light.
The third seed confronted match umpire Cedric Mourier and supervisor Tom Barnes after it was decided to postpone the match with the scores locked at 4-6 6-1 3-3.
Fish had just surrendered a 3-0 lead in the decisive set when he made his request to abandon a contest that had started at 7.10pm and was being played amid gloomy conditions.
Barnes agreed and Fish gathered his equipment and walked off without a word, leaving a bemused Murray standing on the baseline ready to continue.
When the Scottish third seed realised what had happened, he approached Mourier and Barnes to complain about the decision.
“Mardy says he doesn't want to play so we stop playing. The umpire didn't consult anyone,” Murray said on centre court.
“That came out of nowhere. The weather was absolutely fine. It's ridiculous.
“The only reason he wanted to stop was because it was 3-3.”
The injury-troubled Rafael Nadal precariously negotiated his uncomfortable match, but Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick and Marin Cilic were all dumped out.
Nadal endured a challenging afternoon before emerging an unconvincing 7-6 (7/4) 4-6 6-4 winner against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.
The world number one and 2008 Queen's champion was troubled by a glute/hamstring injury after the second set and had the top of his right leg massaged, delaying play for several minutes.
“I'm going to have the leg the tested. The pain started slowly and then I felt it more,” said Nadal.
“At the moment I'm not thinking about pulling out of the tournament. I'm sure I'll play tomorrow. I'll be very careful, but should be okay.”
Roddick became the first big-name casualty of this year's tournament when he slumped to 6-4 7-6 (10/8) defeat by Dudi Sela of Israel.
Cilic also suffered a shock defeat with Michael Llodra of France prevailing 7-6 6-2, while Feliciano Lopez dispatched Julien Benneteau 6-2 6-4 to set up a last-eight clash with Nadal.
Second seed Maria Sharapova made it safely through to the quarter-finals of the AEGON Classic in Birmingham with a 6-3 6-1 win over Alla Kudryavtseva on a day when the last remaining Britons bowed out.
Anne Keothavong put up a gutsy display despite falling in straight sets to the Chinese top seed Li Na 6-2 6-4, while teenager Laura Robson also performed well but lost 7-5 6-4 to third seed Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium.