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Tuesday, 1 July 2008

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The crowd were a bit rowdy for Wimbledon tastes.

The International Tennis Federation and Wimbledon organisers are looking into accusations of cheating in the Andy Murray v. Richard Gasquet match on Centre Court this afternoon.

Murray won the match in five sets 5-7, 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, 6-4, but, it's been claimed by his French opponent, that the Scot had an unfair advantage as the whole of the 15,000 crowd were on his side.

At two sets down, and Gasquet serving for the match, members of the partisan crowd started giving Murray encouragement, and he responded by saving the game, and then the set, to narrow the gap to 2-1.

In the fourth set, spectators cheered with gusto, clapped loudly and shrieked with delight every time Murray won a point, and the Frenchman's game fell apart as he became "visibly upset". He stomped about the court, spat, and glared at members of the crowd and match umpire David Umbilicus.

At matchpoint, one fan blew a raspberry as the Gaul was about to return Murray's serve, and Gasquet finally blew a gasket. He stormed off the court, and straight into the referee's room, where he made an official complaint.

At midnight, the ITF issued a statement saying they would conduct an investigation on Centre Court "at first light", and had taken the names of each and every one of the spectators, but added that they did not expect to find any evidence of cheating.

An exasperated Gasquet said:

"Zer was more zen just Murray out zer tonight."

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