Former world No. 1 Andy Roddick paid respect to Andy Murray following the Briton's performance against No. 3 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas at the US Open. Murray, now ranked at No. 112 in the world, has had two major hip surgeries since 2017 and he received a wild card into the US Open since he didn't make the main draw cut.
Murray, 34, is not a contender for the biggest titles anymore but he delivered a vintage performance against world No. 3 Tsitsipas during their US Open first round. Murray battled hard and competed extremely well but Tsitsipas escaped with a 2-6 7-6 (7) 3-6 6-3 6-4 win.
"Murray is such a legend. However, this turns out, the fact that he’s going after the number 3 player in the world after all of it is insane. He literally has a metal hip ….. respect," Roddick wrote in a Twitter post.
Murray unloaded on Tsitsipas
Murray was unhappy with the seven-minute long bathroom break Tsitsipas took following the end of the fourth set and he said he doesn't respect the Greek anymore. "Every single (time) it was either -- well, before my serve as well.
I think when he took the medical timeout, it was just after I had won the third set. Also in the fourth set when I had Love-30, he chose to go -- I don't know if he changed his racquet or what he was doing," Murray said in press conference.
"But, yeah, it can't be coincidence that it's happening at those moments. I don't believe it was causing him any issue at all. The match went on for another two and a bit hours after that or something. He was fine, moving great I thought," Murray claimed.
"Yeah, it's just disappointing because I thought it influenced the outcome of the match. I'm not saying I necessarily win that match, for sure, but it had influence on what was happening after those two breaks.
"I rate him a lot. I think he is a brilliant player. I think he is great for the game. But I have zero time for that stuff all, and I lost respect for him."