Andy Murray Smashes a Racquet in Frustration, Gifts It to Lucky Fan

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterJanuary 20, 2014

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 20:  The racquet broken by Andy Murray of Great Britain after losing the third set in his fourth round match against Stephane Robert of France during day eight of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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Andy Murray ended up making hard work of his Australian Open fourth-round match against Stephane Robert, smashing a racquet as he battled through to a four-set win.

Murray started superbly, wrapping up the first two sets 6-1 6-2. However, he let more than one match point slip in the third and lost it on a tiebreak.

Something was bound to bear the brunt of Murray's frustration—and that was his racquet:

Murray gathered himself very quickly.

First of all, he made the most of having a smashed racquet with an act of kindness:

Murray walks over and hands his broken racket to a woman holding up a Scottish flag. Mantlepiece. #ausopen

— Beyond The Baseline (@SI_BTBaseline) January 20, 2014

He then went on to win the fourth set 6-2, but the result was extra unnecessary time out on court.

The Scot awaits the winner of Roger Federer's match with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals.