Murray makes perfect response to Marinko's coach jibe

Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:08am EST
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By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Andy Murray trounced Marinko Matosevic 6-1 6-3 6-2 to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday but insisted there was no edge to the match after the Australian's criticism of his decision to hire Amelie Mauresmo as coach.

The Briton's appointment of the French two-time grand slam winner was a surprise to many in the game, but Matosevic's response was slammed by pro-women's groups.

The 81st-ranked Matosevic said in June last year: "I couldn’t do it because I don’t think that highly of the women’s game ... It’s all equal rights these days, politically correct. Someone’s got to give it a go, but it won’t be me."

A merciless Murray wrapped up the match at Margaret Court Arena in a quick-fire 102 minutes, needing only 21 to seal the first set in which his opponent won only eight points.

Asked if he had proved a point against the Australian, Murray told reporters: "No. I get on well with Marinko. I spoke to him a little bit about what he said.

"He didn't mean any harm. Everyone's entitled to their opinion on anything.

"If he wants to get coached by a man, that's absolutely fine. I have absolutely no issue with it at all. I still think he's a good guy.

"I get on well with him. I wasn't trying to prove a point at all when I was playing Marinko today. I was trying to win the match."   Continued...

Andy Murray of Britain runs to hit a return to Marinko Matosevic of Australia during their men's singles second round match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 21, 2015. REUTERS/Issei Kato