Veteran Brit Andy Murray spent practically 5 hours at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday, coming near staging a large upset in opposition to the No. 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas earlier than falling in 5 units on opening day on the U.S. Open.
Then the 34-year-old former U.S. Open champion spent practically 5 hours ripping Tsitsipas for his delay ways, saying a number of instances it was “nonsense.’’
Tsitsipas took an prolonged medical timeout after the third set when he trailed 2-1 and wound up roaring again to win the final two units. The ultimate tally was 2-6, 7-6 (9-7), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Murray appeared ticked off as he briefly shook Tsitsipas’ hand, then walked off muttering. Afterward, Murray stated his coaches had informed him to ‘count on that’’ from the younger Greek foe nevertheless it didn’t make it any simpler.
Murray stated he was angered at a number of completely different breaks Tsitsipas took when issues weren’t going his approach. He famous shenanigans within the fourth set, too, when Tsitsipas took time to alter his racket when Murray was rolling.
“Whenever you’re taking part in a brutal match like that, stopping for seven, eight minutes, you do settle down,’’ Murray stated. “You may put together for it mentally, nevertheless it does have an effect on you bodily whenever you take a break that lengthy — a number of instances in the course of the match. Each single time it was both — earlier than my function properly.
“It might’t be coincidence that it’s occurring at these moments. I don’t consider it was inflicting him any difficulty in any respect. The match went on for one more two and a bit hours after [the medical timeout]. He was nice, transferring nice. Yeah, it’s simply disappointing as a result of I really feel it influenced the result of the match.’’
Murray’s rating has fallen to 112 as he’s battled accidents the previous couple of years. He received the Open in 2012 and is a three-time Grand Slam champion. He’s a key member of the ATP board and thinks this delay stuff is a difficulty that must be stopped.
“Perhaps I’m overreacting to one thing as a result of I misplaced the match,’’ Murray stated. “However proper now sitting right here I really feel prefer it’s nonsense and they should make a change as a result of it’s not good for the game, it’s not good for TV, it’s not good for followers.”
Certainly, the match dragged on previous 7:15 p.m. and a number of other thousand followers have been caught exterior, ready to be let in for the night time card.
“I stated to [a media PR person], I don’t wish to do press tonight as a result of I do know I’m going to sit down right here and it’s going to look like I’m simply smashing him,” Murray stated. “Yeah, that’s annoying for me as a result of feels like bitter grapes since you’ve misplaced a match. I might have stated the identical factor if I’d received, I promise. It was nonsense, and he is aware of it.’’
Tsitsipas shrugged off the fees.
“I don’t suppose I broke any guidelines,’’ he stated.
Murray gave a number of prolonged waves to the roaring Ashe crowd as he left the courtroom however gave no indication he’ll by no means be again.
If he’s not, Murray will at all times bemoan his slip within the second-set tiebreaker when he was up 5-3 and on the internet. He punched again two powerful volleys, placing strain on his opponent. However Murray slipped, he stated, as a result of his footwear have been moist from sweat and he needed to change them.
“I used to be slipping and was dropping stability,’’ Murray stated. “One thing for me to be taught from and sooner or later guarantee that doesn’t occur once more. That was my unhealthy.’’