Andy Murray: I had lengthy chat with Frances Tiafoe following grueling Antwerp clash



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Andy Murray: I had lengthy chat with Frances Tiafoe following grueling Antwerp clash

Former world No. 1 Andy Murray revealed he and American Frances Tiafoe chatted for 30 minutes in the locker room following their grueling Antwerp clash. Murray, now ranked at No. 172 in the world, edged out Tiafoe 7-6 (2) 6-7 (7) 7-6 (8) in the longest three-set match of the year.

“I think maybe once I’ve had [a] conversation…twice…but very short after matches in the locker room,” Murray reflected, per Tennis Majors. “Once was with (Jurgen Melzer at the US Open after I beat him in five sets and we chatted a bit about the match, and then once after playing Jarkko Nieminen because we were waiting to speak to the Queen after we played.

We were sort of standing next to each other, so we had a chat about the match. “[I had] a long chat with Frances afterwards, so I’ll probably remember that and then the embrace at the end. I guess so much went into it that I don’t remember loads of points in the match, but obviously the end was special.

I’ve never played a match like that on the tour really…. In the locker room we had a much more in-depth chat about tennis, not so much the match…. That was kind of rare I would say”.

Murray edged out Tiafoe after three hours and 45 minutes

Murray and Tiafoe left it all on the court but in the end it was the three-time Grand Slam champion that ended on the winning side.

“There’s obviously so much that goes into a match like that,” he concluded. “The margins were so fine. I served particularly well at the end, which helped, and when he missed his first serve on that match point.

I was able to capitalise on that. “Then in terms of what I’ll remember, I just spent probably 30 minutes in the locker room afterwards just chatting to Frances really”.