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Murray vows to curb foul-mouthed rants

ESPN staff
May 17, 2012
Andy Murray believes he is singled out because he swears in English © Getty Images

Andy Murray has vowed to cut out his bad language on court, but believes he is singled out because he swears in English.

The world No. 4 was warned for a verbal outburst during his 6-1 4-6 7-5 win over David Nalbandian on Tuesday. However, Nalbandian's foul-mouthed rant in Spanish went unpunished by umpire Mohammad Layani.

"I swear on court regularly. It's a mistake and something I try not to do," Murray admitted.

"I understood a lot of the stuff Nalbandian was saying from the time I spent in Spain. But because what I say is in English, we're always the ones to get the warnings.

"I don't think what came out of my mouth was anywhere near as bad as the translation of the things he said. But it's not right to do it and I deserved a warning."

Murray, who faces Richard Gasquet for a place in the last eight at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome on Thursday, believes the work he has done on his serve with coach Ivan Lendl is starting to pay dividends.

"I've had a chance to practise that a lot this year," he said. "Since I started working with Ivan it's something I've focused on. Against Nalbandian, from the first set until the end of the second set, I had a good winning percentage on my serve.

"He's one of the best returners so that was important and it's an area of my game I am always working on. It was a tough match against a very good opponent but that will stand me in good stead for the rest of the tournament."

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