Coach Toni Nadal insists that Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer would never act in the way world No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas did at the US Open. Following the end of the fourth set of his US Open first round clash against Andy Murray, Tsitsipas went on a seven-minute long bathroom break and Murray was irate and absolutely frustrated.
A frustrated Murray dropped his serve in the opening game game of the fifth set and in the end lost the match. Tsitsipas did the same in his second round match against Adrian Mannarino and also did the same things two weeks ago in the Cincinnati Masters semifinal against Alexander Zverev.
Many believe that Tsitsipas' long bathroom breaks are not a good sportsmanship and the Greek drew lots of criticism to his name over the last few days. "I think that no follower of our sport can imagine Roger Federer or Rafael [Nadal], I don’t see why I cannot say it, looking for extra sporting shortcuts to achieve victory,” Toni Nadal wrote in column for El Pais.
“The way he [Tsitsipas] acted was not fair. Rafa or Federer would never do that. Stricter rules should be implemented for the bathroom breaks. “Tsitsipas is undoubtedly a brilliant player and as such we expect him to win without the need for any ruse that he can profit from.
Obviously you don’t need them. “He is on his way to becoming a great champion, not only because of his victories but because of how he achieves them”.
Murray unloaded on Tsitsipas during his 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."