Mats Willander defends Stefanos Tsitsipas: Rafael Nadal sometimes takes too long to

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Mats Willander defends Stefanos Tsitsipas: Rafael Nadal sometimes takes too long to

Former seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander has come to the defence of Stefanos Tsitsipas after the Greek was accused of unfair play by former world No. 1 Andy Murray. Tsitsipas and Murray put up a show on the opening day of the US Open but the match was marked by controversies.

After losing the third set, Tsitsipas took a medical time out and broke Murray's rhythm as the Briton lost the opening five games of the fourth set. After the fourth set, Tsitsipas went to a seven-minute long bathroom break and Murray was absolutely irate.

When Tsitsipas returned to the court, a visibly frustrated Murray lost his service in the opening game of the decider. Tsitsipas then held on to his serve the rest of the set to claim a comeback win. "Tsitispas does sweat and sweat, so he does need to go and change his shorts, underwear, shirt – I guess some people can do that in seven minutes, some people take a little longer," Wilander said, as quoted On Tennishead.

“I don’t feel Andy showed inexperience because he has played for so long, but he got so irritated, he wasn’t moving around, maybe he could have hit a few serves. “Maybe he was too much in the moment somehow and it irritated him – you just can’t let that happen."

'Tsitsipas was doing stuff other top players do as well'

Wilander suggested that top players such as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic also sometimes pull off something tactical when things aren't going trir way.

"At the same time, all the top players always something that stretches the rules, not intentionally, but they go about their business, they are in the moment," Wilander added.b “[Rafael] Nadal sometimes takes too long, [Novak] Djokovic takes a few injury time outs, [John] McEnroe was screaming, [Jimmy] Connors did his thing – it’s what champions do.

“Tsitsipas was in the moment. Murray may have been too involved in the moment. I’m not too sure it would have made a difference in the end”.