Murray plays down Del Potro rivalry


Originally published on: 26/02/10 11:59

Murray accused Del Potro of firing a volley straight at his head when the two players met in Rome in May and the Scotsman was angered because his opponent did not apologise. Then during a change of ends the pair exchanged words, with Argentinian Del Potro launching an insult about Murray’s mother.

But Murray said: “I haven’t spoken to him since so whether there is (unfinished business) or not, to me, it’s another tennis match,”

He added: “Whether I like Del Potro or not doesn’t really make any difference. When you get on the tennis court it’s just another match and you’ve got to win.”

Murray, the sixth seed for this fourth and final grand slam tournament of 2008, set up a meeting with the 17th-seeded Argentinian on Monday night when he hammered world number 10 Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-1 6-3 6-3.

Just over 10 weeks since reaching the last eight at Wimbledon for the first time in his career, Murray has now repeated the feat at the US Open, emulating fellow Britons John Lloyd, Greg Rusedski and Tim Henman.

If he is to get past Del Potro, however, he will have to beat a 19-year-old four-time ATP Tour winner this year, unbeaten in his last 23 matches.


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