ATP US Open: Stefanos Tsitsipas edges Andy Murray in a thriller

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ATP US Open: Stefanos Tsitsipas edges Andy Murray in a thriller

World no. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas and the former US Open champion Andy Murray gave the crowd something to cheer about at Arthur Ashe Stadium on the opening day of the season's last Major. Tsitsipas prevailed 2-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 after four hours and 49 minutes, playing well in the last two sets where he had no room for errors to avoid an early exit.

Andy gave everything to stay in touch with the better-ranked opponent, playing one of his best matches in the last four seasons but still finishing on the losing side after drama and excitement. The Briton was unhappy with the Greek's toilet breaks, saying he has lost all respect for Tsitsipas after the encounter.

Stefanos won nine points more in the end, delivering three breaks and moving over the top despite getting broken four times, twice in the opener. In the end, the Greek was a more aggressive player, finding a way to defend his backhand and earning his three breaks in sets four and five to cross the finish line first.

Stefanos Tsitsipas toppled Andy Murray after almost five hours.

Making a strong start, Andy broke in the third game and moved 4-1 ahead following Tsitsipas' terrible smash at the net. The Briton closed the opener with a service winner in game eight after two deuces, taking the opener and hoping for more of the same in the rest of the encounter.

Stefanos produced four holds at love in the second set before facing two break chances at 4-4. Staying calm, he fended off both to keep in touch until the tie break. In one of the pivotal moments, Andy wasted two set points at 6-4 and lost the breaker 9-7 following Stefanos' service winner that leveled the overall score at 1-1 after two hours of play.

Murray earned an early break in the third set and defended four break chances in the fifth to open a 4-1 gap. Serving for the set, the former champion landed a forehand down the line winner at 5-3 to move in front after three hours.

Starting all over, Tsitsipas raced into a 5-0 lead in the fourth set and closed it with a forced error at 5-3 that introduced a decider. It saw a single break for Stefanos in the first game, which proved to be crucial. In the fourth game, the Greek saved a break chance with a forehand winner and held at love at 5-4 to seal the deal and advance into the next round.