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Murray has 'bad hair day'

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Published 19/11/2015 | 02:30

Andy Murray gave himself a mid-match haircut during his clash with Rafael Nadal in the ATP World Tour Finals
Andy Murray gave himself a mid-match haircut during his clash with Rafael Nadal in the ATP World Tour Finals

Andy Murray blamed poor serving rather than the distraction of a mid-match haircut for his chastening loss to a resurgent Rafael Nadal at the ATP World Tour Finals.

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The internet was abuzz after Murray sat down at the change of ends following the third game, took a pair of scissors out of his bag and snipped his fringe.

He withstood Nadal pressure until the 10th game of the first set but a run of five games in a row for the Spaniard put him on the way to a 6-4 6-1 victory.

It was certainly not a good performance mentally from Murray, who was tetchy throughout and committed far too many errors, particularly in the second set.

But the former Wimbledon champion denied cutting his hair was symptomatic of any loss of focus ahead of the Davis Cup final next weekend.

"I don't know why such minor things make such a big deal to you guy," he said. "I had some hair in my eye, and I just wanted to get rid of it. That literally took two seconds. That was it."

Murray only made 43 per cent of first serves and won just 34 per cent of second-serve points.

This was the first time Nadal had beaten a player ranked in the top two since the French Open last year.

Murray now faces Stan Wawrinka in a winner-takes-all clash for a semi-final spot after the Swiss ace showed his fighting spirit last night to beat Spain's David Ferrer 7-5 6-2.

Irish Independent

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