Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas is willing to speak with Andy Murray in private and try to understand what went wrong during their US Open first round clash.
Tsitsipas, seeded at No. 3, edged out Murray 2-6 7-6 (6) 3-6 6-3 6-4 to reach the US Open second round.
After losing the third set, Tsitsipas asked for a medical time out.
Following the end of the fourth set, Tsitsipas went to bathroom and didn’t return for nearly 10 minutes.
Murray was fuming on the court and during his post-match press conference.
“If there’s something that he (Murray) has to tell me, we should speak the two of us to kind of understand what went wrong. I don’t think I broke any rules. I played by the guidelines, how everything is. Yeah, definitely something for both of us to kind of chat about,” Tsitsipas said, per Reem Abulleil.
“I don’t know how my opponent feels when I’m out there playing the match. It’s not really my priority. As far as I’m playing by the rules and sticking to what the ATP says is fair, then the rest is fine.”
Murray lost his respect for Tsitsipas
“But, yeah, it can’t be coincidence that it’s happening at those moments. I don’t believe it was causing him any issue at all. The match went on for another two and a bit hours after that or something. He was fine, moving great I thought,” Murray said.
“Yeah, it’s just disappointing because I thought it influenced the outcome of the match. I’m not saying I necessarily win that match, for sure, but it had influence on what was happening after those two breaks.
“I rate him a lot. I think he is a brilliant player. I think he is great for the game. But I have zero time for that stuff all, and I lost respect for him.”