‘Did anything interesting happen at the US Open?’: Andy Murray aims ANOTHER jibe at time-waster Stefanos Tsitsipas as fans BOO his ’20-minute toilet breaks’… and Greek star bites back to question the Brit’s breaks from nine years ago!
- Andy Murray has re-ignited his row with Stefanos Tsitsipas at the US Open
- The Greek took another lengthy toilet break during his second-round win
- Tsitsipas, 23, incurred the wrath of the US Open crowd on Wednesday night
- Murray took to Twitter to aim another dig at the Greek after their five-set match
- The World No 3 defended the move, before calling out Scot for a similar incident
Andy Murray has re-ignited his row with Stefanos Tsitsipas after the Greek star took another lengthy toilet break during his second-round win over Adrian Mannarino.
The Greek third seed had angered the former World No 1 with his long trips to the loo in their marathon five-setter on Monday. Tsitsipas looked to be cruising into round three when he took a two-set lead against Frenchman Mannarino.
But he was up to his old tricks again after dropping the third set, leaving the court for more than seven minutes and was roundly booed by the Arthur Ashe crowd when he finally returned. The fired up World No 3 went on to complete a 6-3 6-4 6-7 (4) 6-0 victory.
Tsitsipas had infuriated Murray by using the same tactics in their first-round thriller earlier this week. The two-time Wimbledon champion tweeted on Thursday morning: ‘Did anything interesting happen overnight?’ in a dig at the Greek.
He had earlier joked that ‘it takes Stefanos Tsitsipas twice as long to go to the bathroom as it takes Jeff Bezos to fly into space. Interesting.’
However, the 23-year-old hit back at Murray’s criticism, singling out an occasion nine years ago when the Scot took a three-minute break during the US Open final.
Andy Murray re-ignited his row with Stefanos Tsitsipas after he took another lengthy loo break
The Greek star left Arthur Ashe for seven minutes after losing the third set on Wednesday night
Andy Murray took to Twitter to aim another dig at the Greek for his questionable behaviour
The former World No 1 had fumed at Tsitsipas after he did the same thing in the first round
Britain’s Murray could not resist aiming another remark towards Tsitsipas after his latest antics
‘I haven’t done anything wrong, so I don’t understand,’ he insisted. ‘The people love the sport, they come to watch tennis. I have nothing against them. I love the fans.
‘But some people don’t understand. They haven’t played tennis at high level to understand how much effort and how much difficult it is to do what we are doing.
‘Sometimes we need a short break to do what we have to do.
When informed that Murray’s break took less than three minutes, he replied: ‘OK. So three minutes more makes a difference?’
He concluded: ‘I’ve done everything the right way. If I haven’t, I should be penalised. I completely agree with that.
‘But as far as I know, you know, it is a necessity. It is a need when I’m out there playing, performing.’
Tsitsipas accused Murray of employing the same tactics during his US Open win in 2012
French outsider Adrian Mannarino’s momentum was undone after Tsitsipas’s toilet break
Tsitsipas roars in defiance of the disapproving crowd after dominating in the fourth set
Another leak, this time in the roof, caused havoc with the scheduling inside the adjacent Louis Armstrong Stadium.
Play between Kevin Anderson and Diego Schwartzman was halted after the torrential rain in New York began blowing in sideways through openings under the roof.
The freak conditions forced the players off the soaking wet court while spectators had to shelter under umbrellas.
The match was initially interrupted for 35 minutes while the surface was dried but after a brief restart – during which 11th seed Schwartzman won the first set on a tie-break – the match was once again suspended.
The 23-year-old protested his innocence to the crowd after his antics irked them in New York
It was not the only leak to enrage, as a problem with the roof allowed rain to enter the court
They resumed following the Tsitsipas match on Ashe with Argentinian Schwartzman winning 7-6 (4) 6-3 6-4.
Angelique Kerber’s clash with Anhelina Kalinina, due on afterwards, had to be pushed back until Thursday.
Daniil Medvedev’s bid for an elusive first grand slam title continued to gain momentum as he brushed aside Dominik Koepfer.
The second seed, who was a finalist at Flushing Meadows in 2019, following up his first-round thrashing of Richard Gasquet with a 6-4 6-1 6-2 triumph inside two hours.
Medvedev said: ‘It was a great level from me – there were a few tight moments in the match that I managed to hold well, and I’m really happy to be through in less than two hours.’
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