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Hitting out: Andy Murray
Hitting out: Andy Murray

By Eleanor Crooks

Andy Murray lost a fiery encounter with Fabio Fognini in the second round of the Shanghai Masters after twice failing to serve it out.

The performance itself gave more than enough talking points, with Murray raising his level again to push a player ranked 12 in the world all the way before slipping to a 7-6 (4) 2-6 7-6 (2) defeat.

Murray was furious with Fognini, who is no stranger to overstepping the mark, when he shouted as the Scot was about to put away a volley in the 11th game of the deciding set.

Murray confronted his opponent at the change of ends, telling the Italian to "shut up" as umpire Fergus Murphy tried to dissuade him from taking it any further.

The Scot said during the change-over: "When I have a volley on top of the net, he shouts and then tells me 'don't look at me' - he shouted in the middle of the point."

Murray then shouted towards Fognini, saying: "Mate, you do it all the time, to everyone. Shut up!"

Murray said after the match: "The sound came from him, which you're not allowed to do, it's against the rules, it's hindrance, you shouldn't do it.

"Fabio wanted to engage with me, I probably shouldn't have done, but I am not having him talk to me like that on court."

Having failed to serve out the match at 5-4, Murray had another chance at 6-5 but Fognini broke back once more and then dominated the tie-break, clinching victory after three hours and nine minutes.

The handshake between the pair was brief, with Murray continuing to press his point to Murphy before leaving the court.

Murray has had many tough tussles with Fognini over the years, winning four and losing three of their previous seven matches.

Cameron Norrie was also beaten in the second round, losing 6-3 6-1 to US Open finalist Daniil Medvedev.

Meanwhile, Murray will be welcomed back to the Australian Open in January a year after the tournament bade him an emotional farewell.

Tournament director Craig Tiley confirmed the former world number one, who can enter events using a protected ranking of two, will be in Melbourne for the first grand slam of 2020.

"For sure Andy will be here," Tiley said. "I was on the phone to his agent this morning. He is going to be in Australia early.

"He is ready to return. Remember he said goodbye a year ago. It's great in that period he had surgery and has rebounded really well."

Roger Federer, meanwhile, marked his return to the tour with a straight-sets victory over Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the second round of the Shanghai Masters.

Federer, who had a bye in the opening round, had only played in the Laver Cup since his loss to Grigor Dimitrov at the US Open and had a 6-2 7-6 (5) success.

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