Tsitsipas has won the most matches on the Tour this season – a staggering 49. Murray, currently ranked second in 100, has won almost nothing compared to his earlier glory days. However, it was he who came close to victory for a long time and was thrown into the sea in one of the favorites in the tournament. With a third seeded player from Hellas, he won the first game, and in the second half he had two tokens steady at 6-4 and wasn’t far off a 2-0 lead in the sets. Stefanos defended himself and despite losing the next match, he avoided the worst. After that, fitness and physical preparation tip the scales in his favour. In the match with the 34-year-old Scot, after 4 hours and 48 minutes, he finally won 2: 6, 7: 6 (7), 3: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4. But Andy Brave Heart, the champion The 2012 season, he proved that despite numerous operations and serious problems with the hip joint, he can still play at the highest level.
– I’m glad we played this game in front of such an audience. We missed her so much, viewers in New York are among the best in the world for a reason. Today, they were very influential and made this meeting even better and more attractive. This duel could have ended quite differently. I will not say that I was better, but I am glad that I was more effective in the end – summed up Tsitsipas. In the next round, he will play against French Adrian Mannarino.
But “tiurli, tiurli” can be heard immediately after the meeting. Then the debate began about who, what, who, and why. And washing away this dirt wasn’t pleasant. The former ATP leaderboard was annoyed by the length of the gap between the fourth and fifth sets that his opponent took. – I do not mean to leave the court, but how long it took. I realized that Stefanos was taking long breaks. I talked about it with my team before the game and I knew I had to expect it if things didn’t go as he intended. I tried to do it, but I couldn’t do it physically. When you play such a brutal duel, and you stop for seven or eight minutes, you calm down. You can be ready mentally but not physically ready anymore. Because your muscles aren’t – said Murray, who “chilled” in the fifth set in the first half. Then he did not compensate for the losses and left the field very angry with the opponent.
– I think he’s a great player, maybe even a brilliant player. But because of this behavior I lost respect for him. Another thing: I will say the same now if I win. What he was doing was nonsense – added the tennis player from the islands.
Tsitsipas was briefed at the conference, which Murray told him. He immediately answered his opponent. – If there is something he needs and wants to tell me, the two of us should talk together to understand what went wrong. I don’t think I broke any rules. I was playing by the rules. My priority, of course, is not to judge how my opponent feels. As long as I play by the rules and stick to ATP orders, everything is fair. The Greek replied that I had absolutely nothing against Andy.
Remember, the recent long layover in Cincinnati has already infuriated Alexander Zverev. Except that at the time he was probably connected to the training by phone. This rocket was supposed to grow the father and trainer of the third rocket in the world. Then the German shouted at the judge and demanded his response. However, as now, there was no…
First retirement after more than 800 matches
It was also interesting elsewhere. After five sets, although in a completely different style, another former winner, Marin Sileo, was eliminated. The 2014 US Open MVP won the first two sets with Philip Kohlschreiber after tie breaks, but his body then went on strike. The German won the next two games 6: 2, 6: 1, and in the fifth he was ahead 2: 0 and then Cilic decided to abandon the competition. So thirteen turned out to be unlucky for him…
Thirteen, a seasoned player from the Balkans, appeared at the US Open for the 13th time. He had never lost an opening match at Flushing Meadows before. Even more impressive is the fact that Cilic has never scratched before in his career. He has played 837 matches so far.
New York. US Open Grand Slam ($57.5 million prize pool).
First round – men:
Stefanos Tsitsipas (Greece, 3) beat Andy Murray (UK) 2-6, 7-6 (9-7), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Andrey Rublev (Russia 5) beat Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) 6-3, 7-3, 6-3.
Casper Rudd (Norway, 8) – Yuichi Sugita (Japan) 6:3, 6:2, 6:2
Diego Schwartzman (Argentina, 11): Tottenham Ricardas Berankis (Lithuania) 7-5, 6-3, 6-3.
Felix Auger-Aliassime (Canada, 12) beat Yevgeny Donskoy (Russia) 7-6 (7-0), 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 7-6.
Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria 15) beat Sam Reeves (US) 6-1, 7:6 (7-3) 6-3.
Christian Garin (Chile, 16) – Norbert Gombos (Słowacja) 6:3, 4:6, 6:4, 7:6 (7-4)
Brandon Nakashima (USA) – John Eisner (USA, 19) 7:6 (9-7), 7:6 (8-6), 6:3
Peter Gojowczyk (Germany) b Ugo Humbert (France, 23) 1:6, 6:1, 6:2, 5:7, 6:4
Daniel Evans (UK, 24) Thiago Monteiro (Brazil) 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 6-1.
Carlos Alcaraz (Spain) beat Cameron Norrie (UK 26) 6-4 6-4 6-3
Philip Kohlschreiber (Germany) beat Marin Cilic (Croatia, 30) 6:7 (4-7), 6:7 (3-7), 6:2, 6:1, 2:0 retired.
Facundo Bagnes (Argentina) beat Taro Daniel (Japan) 6-3, 6-3, 6-3
Henry Laksonen (Swabia) – John Millman (Australia) 7:6 (8-6), 7:6 (7-2), 6:1
Dusan Lajovic (Serbia) – Benoit Bayer (France) 6:3, 7:5, 2:6, 6:4
Bernabé Zapata Mirales (Spain) beat Feliciano Lopez (Spain) 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Kevin Anderson (South Africa) – Jerry Vessely (Czech Republic) 7:6 (7-1), 4:6, 3:6, 7:6 (7-5), 7:6 (7-4)
Marcos Giron (US) – Antoine Huang (France) 6-3, 6-4, 7-5
Pedro Martinez (Spain) (b) James Duckworth (Australia) 4:6, 4:6, 7:6 (9-7), 6-2, 6-2
Pablo Andujar (Spain) by Mikhail Kukushkin (Kazakhstan) 3:6, 4:6, 6:4, 6:4, 6:2
Adrien Mannarino (France) – Pierre-Hugh Herbert (France) 3:6, 4:6, 6:4, 6:3, 6:3
Emil Rossovoori (Finland) – Kamel Mashrazuk (Poland) 6:4, 6:2, 3:6, 6:1
Alex Mulkan (Slovakia) beat Jim Elkel (Turkey) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-1
Alex Popirin (Australia) beat Radu Albot (Moldova) 6-3, 6-3, (3), 6-3, 6-3.
Botic van de Zandschulp (Netherlands) – Carlos Taberner (Spain) 2:6, 3:6, 6:4, 7:5, 6:3
Arhor Rinderknech (France) – Miomir Kekmanovic (Serbia) 6:7 (10-12), 3:6, 7:5, 6:3, 6:4
Dominique Kupfer (Germany) – Quentin Halles (France) 6:4, 3:6, 4:6, 6:3, 6:4
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