Andy Murray lost a fiery encounter with Fabio Fognini in the second round of the Shanghai Masters after twice failing to serve it out  The performance itself gave more than enough talking points, with Murray raising his level again to push a player ranked 12 in the world all the way before slipping to a 7-6 (4) 2-6 7-6 (2) defeat  Murray was furious with Fognini, who is no stranger to overstepping the mark, when he shouted as the Scot was about to put away a volley in the 11th game of the deciding set  Murray confronted his opponent at the change of ends, telling the Italian to “shut up” as umpire Fergus Murphy tried to dissuade him from taking it any further  Having failed to serve out the match at 5-4, Murray had another chance at 6-5 but Fognini broke back once more and then dominated the tie-break, clinching victory after three hours and nine minutes  The handshake between the pair was brief but civil, with Murray continuing to press his point to Murphy before leaving the court  Murray will make his Grand Slam singles return at next year’s Australian Open – just a year after he feared he would have to retire  The two-time Wimbledon champion has been working towards a comeback to solo action after undergoing hip surgery earlier this year   Murray, 32, who has finished runner-up at Melbourne Park five times, was knocked out in the first round at last year’s Australian Open having said before it started that it could be his last tournament  The Scot underwent a career-saving hip resurfacing procedure at the end of January and made his competitive return to tennis in the doubles at Queen’s Club in June, where he won the title with partner Feliciano Lopez   “Confirmed: @andy_murray will return to compete at the AusOpen in 2020,” Australian Open organisers said on Twitter , adding in a statement that the three-times major winner would be given a protected ranking of number two

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