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US Open: Six famous tennis rows after Andy Murray and Stefanos Tsitsipas' clash

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Andy Murray may have been knocked out of the US Open in the first round by Stefanos Tsitsipas but as the tournament enters the third round he remains under the spotlight at Flushing Meadows.

Murray kicked off a war of words when he accused the No 3 seed of taking too long on his emergency toilet breaks during their five-set clash on Monday.

And he took another jibe at the Greek player after he was booed by fans following another lengthy toilet break in his second round win over Adrian Mannarino.

Andy Murray re-ignited his row with Stefanos Tsitsipas after he took another lengthy loo break 

Britain's Murray could not resist aiming another remark towards Tsitsipas after his latest antics

Britain’s Murray could not resist aiming another remark towards Tsitsipas after his latest antics

Murray took to Twitter following the second round match, amusingly saying: 

‘Did anything interesting happen overnight?’ in a dig at the Greek player. He had earlier joked that ‘it takes Stefanos Tsitsipas twice as long to go to the bathroom as it takes Jeff Bezos to fly into space. Interesting.’

As it turns out, both have previous when it comes to rows on court, but it appears it happens to all the greats as Sportsmail looks back at other verbal jousts between tennis stars from over the years.

Murray took to Twitter to aim another dig at the Greek for his questionable behaviour

Murray took to Twitter to aim another dig at the Greek for his questionable behaviour

The former world No 1 had fumed at Tsitsipas after he did the same thing in the first round

The former world No 1 had fumed at Tsitsipas after he did the same thing in the first round

Serena Williams vs Jelena Jankovic, 2013

Perhaps unsurprisingly it really doesn’t take much to get a little bit of tension between professional athletes in direct competition.

A 2013 WTA Championships clash between Serena Williams and Jelena Jankovic perhaps showing a perfect example.

With Jankovic serving, Williams raised her racket right before her serve to indicate she wasn’t ready. It wasn’t quite quick enough for Jankovic to notice the official delay in play, with Williams then calmly telling her opponent ‘You gotta wait until I’m ready.’

Jankovic retorted by questioning: ‘How long do I have to wait?’, to which Williams replies straight back by saying: ‘Until I’m ready… honestly do you have a problem?’ during Williams’ victory.

It wasn’t a one-off. A year later the pair clashed again in similar fashion while Jankovic was serving to stay in a Dubai clash, although moments later after Williams triumphed she appear to try and diffuse the situation with a private chat at the net.

Serena Williams (right) and Jelena Jankovic (left) have rowed a couple of times on court, with the duo pictured above following the final of the 2013 China Open

Serena Williams (right) and Jelena Jankovic (left) have rowed a couple of times on court, with the duo pictured above following the final of the 2013 China Open

Pete Sampras/Roger Federer vs Andre Agassi/Rafael Nadal, 2010

On paper, this looks like being one of the greatest doubles matches of all time. Instead it’s just a charity match… yet still it ends up getting a bit personal between a couple of 1990s legends.

The exhibition at Indian Wells was played with all the players wearing microphones so they could be heard by the crowd in attendance, but Agassi soon took offence when Sampras appeared to make fun of Agassi by imitating his on court mannerisms.

But rather than laugh it off, Agassi awkwardly then emptied his pockets to refer to Sampras as being a poor tipper.

Sensing that the boundary between banter and a full blown row was being crossed, Federer tried to ease the tension by saying to Nadal: ‘This rivalry is intense man… Rafa start something, do something!’

It didn’t work. With Sampras serving to Nadal, he instead fired his serve straight at Agassi who only dug deeper into the insults by saying: ‘That’s better than being a valet driver seeing you pull up.’ 

Play resumed with Nadal indeed finally doing something by firing back a superb crosscourt winner from Sampras’s serve to put the focus back on the tennis.  

Rafael Nadal (left) Andre Agassi (second left), Pete Sampras (second right) and Roger Federer (right) were involved in a doubles charity match at Indian Wells in 2010

Rafael Nadal (left) Andre Agassi (second left), Pete Sampras (second right) and Roger Federer (right) were involved in a doubles charity match at Indian Wells in 2010

Jimmy Connors vs John McEnroe, 1982  

Two of the greats of the decade went face-to-face often but never quite in the literal sense as they did in Chicago back in 1982.

Although the audible is not detectable in this clip, it was extraordinary bad etiquette for Jimmy Connors to leap over the net, let alone to then confront his American compatriot over an issue surrounding a line call.

Connors furiously pointed his fingers to an uninterested looking McEnroe, who then suddenly pushes his rival away.

Officials rather slowly stroll in half wishing to stop the confrontation and half seemingly wanting to see how it would develop judging by their casual approach to the pair.

As Connors is led away by the officials, McEnroe finally finds his voice to launch a few barbs back. They don’t make them like they used to.

Jimmy Connors (left) and John McEnroe are pictured on better terms together back in 2006

Jimmy Connors (left) and John McEnroe are pictured on better terms together back in 2006

Andy Murray vs Fabio Fognini, 2019

Murray isn’t new to a verbal spar with a fellow competitor and as recently as 2019 was involved in an on-court spat with Fabio Fognini.

The row came after Murray accused his opponent of shouting to try and put him off as he tried to win a point with a simple volley. At the changeover, he let the Italian know his thoughts on the incident while the duo were locked at 5-5 in the deciding set of the Shanghai Masters tie.

He furiously told Fognini: ‘You say the same to everyone, mate you do the same in every match. It doesn’t matter who you play.’

After then explaining the incident to the umpire, Murray was then forced to break away to abruptly tell an interrupting Fognini to ‘shut up’ much to the amusement of the small crowd courtside.

Fognini would have the last laugh though, winning the round-of-32 match in the tiebreak. 

Murray (left) confronts Fabio Fognini during their Shanghai Masters clash in 2019

Murray (left) confronts Fabio Fognini during their Shanghai Masters clash in 2019

Daniil Medvedev vs Stefanos Tsitsipas, 2018

Turns out Murray isn’t the only player on the tour to have had a spat with Stefanos Tsitsipas over his toilet breaks.

Back in a first round Miami Open clash in 2018, Daniil Medvedev impressively came back from a set down to claim victory in three but although the battle was won the war was just beginning.

Like Murray, the Russian was also left unimpressed by Tsitsipas’s emergency toilet breaks as he launched into a one-sided verbal tirade at his opponent, with the umpire jumping down to prevent him from squaring up to the Greek player.

Medvedev said: Man you better shut your f*** up ok? Hey Stefanos you want to look at me and talk? You have some problems? You want to go on an emergency toilet for five minutes, then you hit let and you don’t say sorry?’

As Tsitsipas left the court in a nonchalant manner, Medvedev continued to show his anger at the umpire, insisting: ‘He started it, he said bull**** Russian – you think this is normal?’ I answer him because he is a small kid who doesn’t know how to fight’. 

Tsitsipas is pictured during his Miami Open clash against Daniil Medvedev back in 2018

Tsitsipas is pictured during his Miami Open clash against Daniil Medvedev back in 2018

Andy Murray vs Juan Martin Del Potro, 2008

Perhaps the biggest shock in this verbal joust is that a Murray vs Del Potro clash was largely played in front of empty grandstands.

However, this was their first meeting early on in their careers in this Rome Masters tie, with Del Potro leading by a set to love, but crucially 40-15 down on serve at 4-4 in the second set.

After losing the game, both players took to their courtside chairs for a brief rest, with a row soon starting as Murray took offence at his rival’s on court conduct.

‘You try and hit a ball at me and you think it is fine?’ Murray said before Del Potro appeared to snap back with: ‘You are always the same, you never change – you and your mother, it’s the same always.’

After a few seconds delay, a simmering Murray then retorts to Del Potro’s reference to his mother Judy, saying: ‘you want to speak about my Mum again? Nah, nah that’s unacceptable.’

Murray then took his complaints to the umpire who diffused the situation. The Brit went on to eventually serve out the set having been fired up before Del Potro retired one game into the third set.

Juan Martin Del Potro retired shortly after his row with Murray at the 2008 Rome Masters

Juan Martin Del Potro retired shortly after his row with Murray at the 2008 Rome Masters

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