2016 Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic insists Andy Murray was right in everything he said following the Stefanos Tsitsipas clash. Murray, a former world No. 1, competed well against Tsitsipas but the third-seeded Greek escaped with a 2-6 7-6 (7) 3-6 6-3 6-4 win.
Both players showed great tennis but the match was marked by controversies. After losing the third set, Tsitsipas took a medical timeout and Murray cooled off and started the third set with five consecutive games lost. After the fourth set, Tsitsipas went on a seven-minute long bathroom break and Murray was fuming while the Greek was out of the court and he continued his rant after the No.
3 seed returned to the court. After the match, Murray insisted Tsitsipas knew exactly what he was doing throughout the match and said he lost his respect for the Greek. "Andy is right!" Raonic said in a Twitter post.
Raonic noticed Tsitsipas being coached
Tsitsipas is an advocate for the coaching rule change as he believes that players should be allowed to receive tips from their coaches during matches. However, coaching during matches is prohibited on the Tour.
Many believe that Tsitsipas and his father Apostolos -- who works as his coach -- don't respect that rule. "Why do coaches and boxes sit so close to the court. It’s an individual sport. Remove coaching issues by having the team and box further away.
It’s an individual sport. US Open should know this after recent events," Raonic suggested. Meanwhile. Murray unloaded on Tsitsipas following their clash. "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.
"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."