Andy Murray taunts Rafael Nadal and Zverev after latest virtual tennis victory

Tennis may be a sport that by and large follows a strict unwritten code of respect among players, but Andy Murray has tossed all that aside in the virtual world.

While in the real world, the majority of players are keen to avoid controversy and are always quick to praise one another, the Virtual Madrid Open has shown off a bit more of the fighting talk that is sometimes lacking.

Murray, 32, has cruised through all of this matches thus far and stormed past top-10 player Alexander Zverev with a 6-1 win on the PlayStation 4 on Wednesday afternoon to book his spot in the semi-finals.

His beaten opponents have come up with their fair share of excuses for suffering defeat to the former world No. 1 but he was having none of it during his post-match interview.

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‘They all like to make conspiracies, but this is just the reality, unfortunately,’ said Murray when it was jokingly suggested the competition was fixed for him to win.

‘He was trying hard, though, Zverev. I couldn’t hear him when we were playing but a few of my friends messaged me and said he was getting a bit annoyed with Marcelo Melo who was there with him. Apparently he connected the wrong controller.

‘Yesterday, Rafa was saying I’ve been practising so much and today the controller was wrong with Zverev – everyone has got their excuses!

He added: ‘Who have I got next? Who’s the next victim?’

‘I played Schwartzman a few days ago he was a bit mmm… but I think he’s been practising.

‘There’s levels, like the top-10 and then like Challenger level, like these guys.’

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