Marcos Baghdatis: Stefanos Tsitsipas is better but Andy Murray has nothing to lose

Baghdatis speaks on the US Open first round clash between Tsitsipas and Murray.

by Dzevad Mesic
Marcos Baghdatis: Stefanos Tsitsipas is better but Andy Murray has nothing to lose

Former world No. 8 Marcos Baghdatis has noted that Stefanos Tsitsipas is a better player than Andy Murray at this stage of their careers but noted that the Briton could make things interesting when they meet in the US Open first round.

Murray, a former world No. 1, received a wild card for the US Open since he didn't make the main draw cut for the US Open. Murray, who captured his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2012, was handed a tough draw as he drew No.

3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas. Murray is now ranked at No. 114 in the world and his best days are past him. "A lot will depend on how Andy is going to feel on the day," Baghdatis told Sky Sports. "When Andy gets on Arthur Ashe Stadium he has all this positive energy coming because of all the success he has had there in the past.

"Tsitsipas is fitter and he is a better player today than Andy is. It's clearly like that, but Andy has nothing to lose and there is only positive things for him. I think he should go out there and try to enjoy the occasion as much as possible."

Baghdatis hopes Murray will enjoy the Tsitsipas clash

"I have a feeling he's not enjoying his tennis so much lately.

He should try to be more free, play a bit more aggressive, try not to stay too far behind the baseline and play balls back. Try and take that first step, especially on the return of the second serve," Baghdatis added. "If Andy can do that, then we will see an interesting match." Murray and Tsitsipas have no previous clashes.

Tsitsipas has had a good preparation for the US Open, having made back-to-back Masters semifinals in Toronto and Cincinnati. On the other side, Murray picked up second round defeats at the Cincinnati Masters and Winston-Salem Open.

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