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Tennis: Andy Murray is in hot water.

Byline: By MARK STANIFORTH

ANDY MURRAY found himself at the centre of another swearing storm as his Stella Artois Championships campaign hung in the balance on a rain-affected day at Queen's Club.

The 19-year-old Scot was given a code violation for foul language midway through a first set tie-break against Serb Janko Tipsarevic, which he lost to trail by a set overnight.

Murray's frustration had slowly mounted against his aggressive opponent and he had earlier hurled his racket to the ground in disgust after flailing a backhand well wide.

Murray was caught up in a similar controversy in April when the British Davis Cup team were fined pounds 1,434 for his foul-mouthed outburst at the umpire - ironically against Tip-sarevic's Serbian team-mates.

But after also going a break down in the first game of the second set yesterday, Murray regained his composure to fight back and stand on the brink of levelling matters when the rain came.

Murray was 5-2 ahead and had just missed a set point opportunity on the Tipsarevic serve when the umpire had little choice but to take the players off court.

It was not exactly the grass-court introduction Murray had in mind against his lower-ranked opponent, but a patchy start allowed Tipsarevic to draw first blood.

Murray had to save three set points on his own serve in the ninth game in order to keep the set alive, but he played a poor tie-break to lose 7-3.

Murray and Tipsarevic are due to reconvene in an 11.30am start today, but there was no such fortune for fellow Britons Jamie Baker and Alex Bogdanovic who were both beaten.

Mistakes at crucial moments cost a reasonably solid Bogdanovic against Russian Dmitry Tursunov, as he fell to a 7-6 6-4 loss, while in his first ATP main draw match, Baker was no match for new Surbiton champion Mardy Fish.

Baker, who has been awarded a Wimbledon wild card, went down 6-1 6-3.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 14, 2006
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