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Murray calm in face of swearing questions

ESPN staff
January 4, 2013
Andy Murray's effort paid off against Denis Istomin © Getty Images

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Andy Murray has been caught up in a fresh swearing row, but claims he did not promise to cut out the bad language on court.

For the second day in a row, Murray had to dig deep to progress at the Brisbane International - the world No. 3 being pushed hard before seeing off Denis Istomin 6-3 7-6(3).

During the quarter-final clash, Murray was heard swearing on a number of occasions. He was questioned on the subject after the match and although admitting he is making an effort to tone down his language, he denied ever making a promise to stop.

"A lot of times I get asked after matches about it," Murray said. "It can get picked up on the microphone or whatever. No one has mentioned anything to me yet but the microphones at the Aussie Open are all around the court, so we'll see.

"Where it [the pledge to stop swearing] came from was when I got asked a question. I was doing an interview over the phone. I got asked about swearing on the court. I said 'obviously I don't mean to do it. I don't want to do it. Sometimes you get frustrated and you do and obviously I will try to stop.' I didn't make any promises or guarantees that I was going to.

"Then it came out that I've said this year I will stop swearing. What I also said was that a lot of players swear on the court and a lot of people say a lot worse things than me - in other languages. It doesn't get picked up the same. So where I would obviously love to stop doing it, I try not to. But I can't guarantee it."

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