TheRocket wrote:Don't know whether Doherty and Williams can't stand each other but good point because another rivalry came into my mind. Because if there's a rivalry where two players really don't like each other, you have to mention the Murphy-Maguire rivalry.
They didn't make a secret, well at least Maguire that he doesn't like Murphy and that losing to Murphy hurts him at most and he said he thinks, Murphy feels the same about him. And yeah,the chalk thing plays a role as well obviously. Don't think, Murphy would have done the same if his opponent hadn't been Mags.
But it's still nowhere near the best rivalries we had in this game. They played 19 times against each other, but China Open final 2008 was the only classic one between these two players to be honest.
Murphy always strikes me as one of those people that takes his role as ambassador for the sport a little bit too seriously. Like he wants to be viewed as the model professional more than anything in the world. In Murphy's mind, it's his job to make sure everything happens to the exact letter of the law, and that it's his responsibility to point out any time when it doesn't happen.
The chalk incident was petty in the extreme. I mean, he'd asked the referee to dock Mags a frame, and the referee said no because he'd allowed Mags to go back and fetch his chalk. A model professional in my mind, accepts the referee's decision on matters such as this. His decision is final. But no, Smurph wants to call over the tournament and go; "Technically it's in the rules that he gets docked a frame for not being ready to start a match. Look, do you want me to get a rule book."
Maybe there was already some dislike between the pair, but I doubt that's why Murphy did it. He did the same thing against Robertson a couple of years later, when Robertson had forgot to bring something. His cue extension, I think. To be fair, it's a silly mistake for a professional to make. But the referee turned to Murphy and asked if he minded Robertson nipping back to his dressing room mid-frame. Murphy indicated he did mind. Jan Verhaas nipped out to retrieve the equipment. Robertson came over for clarification that Murphy had indeed refused him permission, and in the time it took him to do that Jan had returned with the item. It was literally a few seconds, and Murphy was making the situation take longer simply by adding the time it took for him to say no.
Whether there was any resentment between Murphy and Mags before the chalk incident, you can't blame Maguire for thinking Smurph is a bit of a tit.