The 2021 US Open has officially commenced and fans couldn’t have asked for a better opening round match on day 1 than Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Andy Murray. As soon as the draws were out, the match was perfectly poised to be an epic and it lived upto its expectations.
Andy Murray showcased that he still can compete at the highest level by winning the first set convincingly 6-2. He was aided with Tsitsipas’ errors but he himself hit several passing shots and made his presence count to the fans’ delight. The second set was even more exciting than the first with Tsitsipas slowly gaining momentum. Both players held serve with Tsitsipas eventually winning the tiebreak courtesy a double fault from Murray, who complained of slippery shoes.
But the 2012 champion proved his mettle in the third set by getting a decisive break and winning the set 6-3. The world no.3 wasn’t going to give up so easily and fought back valiantly. He raised his game and took the fourth set 6-3 to force a decider. But things heated up when Tsitsipas took a toilet break longer than needed. He was out of the court for more than 10 minutes and Murray clearly wasn’t happy with the Greek’s action.
Midway in the fifth set, 0-2 down, Murray lost his cool and lashed out at the supervisor, Gerry Armstrong who was sitting in the front row. “For 20 mins everytime!” Murray complained. “The toilet’s right there. What’s he doing in there? It’s never once taken be to go to a toilet that long ever,” a frustrated Murray said.
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