Andy Murray and Ash Barty pay tribute to each other
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Andy Murray suffered a five-set defeat at the hands on No 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in his opening match of the US Open. The Brit found himself leading by a set early on in the match, and later by two-sets-to-love. The blockbuster first-round clash ended in dramatic fashion as Murray accused the Greek of “cheating” after he took a prolonged bathroom break at the conclusion of the fourth set.
Murray started strong and was the better player in the opening stages of the match, racing to a 6-2 lead after an impressive serving performance.
The 2012 US Open champion looked set to secure the second set in a tiebreak until he slipped on set point, with his shoes covered in sweat.
Tsitsipas was able to save multiple set points and win the thrilling tiebreak 9-7, before Murray once again raced to lead the world No 3 after winning the third set 6-3.
Although the current world No 112 impressed against the recent Roland Garros champion, he was unable to recover from a double-break deficit in the fourth set, coming from 0-5 down before Tsitsipas won 6-3 to take the match into a decider.
An early break in the opening game of the fifth and final set proved crucial for the 23-year-old, as the pair continued to hold serve until Tsitsipas was able to seal victory in his first-ever match against Murray with a love-hold.
Andy Murray vs Stefanos Tsitsipas RECAP
- This is the first meeting between Andy Murray and Stefanos Tsitsipas
- Murray won the first set 6-2 in under an hour.
- The world No 3 wins an enthralling second set tiebreak to level the match, taking the set 7-6(7).
- 2012 champion Murray has been embroiled in drama involving his shoes after slipping in the second set tiebreak, but does not appear to have a spare pair on-site.
- Murray takes the third set 6-3 after 58 minutes and takes a two-sets-to-one lead over third seed Tsitsipas.
- The third seed responds by winning the third set 6-3, having had a 5-0 lead, and forces a deciding set in this thrilling opening round.
- Former world No 1 Murray accused Tsitsipas of “cheating” after he took a lengthy bathroom break between the fourth and fifth set, describing it as an “absolute disgrace”.
- Tsitsipas ecures a comeback five-set victory over Murray, 2-6 7-6(7) 3-6 6-3 6-4.
- Murray shakes his head after the pair shake hands at the net, and calls the earlier bathroom break incident a “f**ing joke” as he returns to his bench following his defeat.