nseeded Andy Murray has been searching for a breakthrough performance since his second hip operation,
a hip resurfacing procedure, in 2019.
During a five-set battle against No. three seed ‘Stefanos Tsitsipas’ in the ‘first round’ of the U.S. Open on
Monday, the 3-time ‘Grand Slam’ champion almost made that breakthrough, demonstrating that he still
has miles in his legs and powerful emotions in his heart at the age of 34.
Andy Murray had the crowd at ‘Arthur Ashe Stadium’ by his side while trying to keep up with Tsitsipas, who is
considered a potential rival to ‘Roger Federer’, ‘Rafael Nadal ‘and ‘Novak Djokovic’s ‘ Grand Slam
Andy Murray was moving well, constantly pumping his fist, and frequently complaining to the umpire about
what he considered delaying tactics by Tsitsipas.
Tsitsipas was given a time violation warning for waiting too long to return to the court for the fifth set,
but that didn’t stop him from returning to prevent Murray from pulling off a stunning upset.
Andy Murray, sweating and straining on a hot and humid day that bled into the night.
Tsitsipas triumphed 2-6, 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, but Murray’s ability to maintain such a high level of play for
so long was a small miracle
Andy Murray, who missed the Australian Open this year after a ‘positive test for COVID-19’, stated before the
U.S. Open that he was feeling well physically and able to put in a lot of practice time, but that he was
dissatisfied with his game.
Even if he hasn’t exactly achieved that huge victory yet, he had cause to be optimistic Monday against
Andy Murray waved as he went off the court to a standing ovation.
Tsitsipas described the atmosphere as “energetic” and claimed he had to make “a lot of sacrifices” to re-
enter and win the match. As he went into the dressing room, he waved to the spectator’s