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Andy Murray Pissed off at Tsitsipas’ Unfair Gamesmanship

Andy Murray Pissed off at Tsitsipas’ Unfair Gamesmanship

Andy Murray Pissed off at Tsitsipas’ Unfair Gamesmanship

The Briton protested about what he thought was unfair gamesmanship by the French Open runner-up and proclaimed: I lost respect for him

Andy Murray is aware that Greek top seed has a growing repute for pushing the limits when it comes to taking breaks during a match.

Murray figures there was ample for him to contend with in Monday’s high heat and humidity: He’s 34. He’s got a synthetic hip. He’s ranked 112th after a string of fitness issues.

At one stage, he fell to the ground, losing his balance in sweat-soaked shoes and leaving specks on the blue court from his damp clothing.

So as the match stretched to almost 5 hours, Murray was not at all happy that Tsitsipas took a medical break after the 3rd set and made a prolonged visit to the locker room after the fourth. Following an engaging, back-and-forth 2-6, 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 loss to Tsitsipas, Murray grumbled about what he thought off as unfair gamesmanship by the Greek and literally state that “I lost respect for him”.

Told of Murray’s anger, the just-turned-23 Tsitsipas said, “If there’s something that he 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.”

With departures for Murray and 2014 winner Marin Cilic, who halted the match abruptly because of an injury in the 5th set against Philipp Kohlschreiber, the only man left in the draw after Day One with even one Grand Slam title is No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic will debut Tuesday night as he tries to break a tie for the men’s mark of 20 majors with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer and become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam.

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