Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts to earning comeback win over Andy Murray at US Open



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Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts to earning comeback win over Andy Murray at US Open

World No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas underlined it wasn't easy at all playing wild card Andy Murray in the US Open first round. Tsitsipas, seeded at No. 3, recovered to beat 2012 US Open champion Murray 2-6 7-6 (6) 3-6 6-3 6-4.

Murray, a former world No. 1, pushed Tsitsipas hard but ultimately fell just short of causing an upset on the opening day. "It is not easy,” Tsitsipas said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website. “I had to make lots of sacrifices to come back.

I think the atmosphere was great today, with a lot of positive tennis. The New York crowd is known to be one of the best crowds in the world. The fact we are able to compete out here with an electric crowd today is something we have been waiting for”.

Tsitsipas avoided another early Grand Slam exit

Tsitsipas, who suffered a first round loss at Wimbledon, was a set away from losing his opener at the US Open as well. Murray claimed two breaks in the first set to easily win the opener but blew two consecutive set points in the second set tie-break as Tsitsipas managed to make it one set apiece.

However, Murray kept his focus after losing the second set as he broke Tsitsipas in the second and held on to his serve the rest of the third set to take take a two sets to one lead. After losing the third set, Tsitsipas took an early 5-0 lead in the fourth set, before serving out for a decider in the ninth game.

Tsitsipas then broke Murray in the opening game of the fifth set and held on to his serve the rest of the way to clinch a five-set win. Tsitsipas plays next against Adrian Mannarino. “I hope I am able to keep my game at the same level [against Mannarino] as I managed today,” Tsitsipas said. “Hopefully I will be back here on this court”.