2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem enjoyed watching the Andy Murray and Stefanos Tsitsipas clash and gave his thoughts on the controversy that took place during the match. Tsitsipas, seeded at No. 3, survived a Murray challenge as he edged out the wild card 2-6 7-6 (2) 3-6 6-3 6-4.
Following the end of the fourth set, Tsitsipas went on a seven-minute long bathroom break and Murray was fuming on the court. "First of all it was a hell of a match. Great for tennis," Thiem said of the Murray and Tsitsipas match on Tennis Channel, as revealed by Ravi Ubha.
"It's also nice that things are heating up from time to time. But I saw most of the match and I can totally understand Andy. But my point of view is that, especially with the conditions of New York, you need to go out in a five-setter at least twice because you just need to change your pants.
There's no way around that, especially if you sweat that much. But there should be a time limit to that because if you go out to change all your clothes, it doesn't take long, 3-4 minutes, maximum 5, so there should be a time limit on that."
"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.
Thiem says Murray was right
After the match. Murray underlined that the long bathroom break affected him, suggested Tsitsipas wasn't fair and said he lost his respect for the Greek. "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," Murray said in his press conference. "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." Thiem noted the extended break affected Murray. "I heard Andy's press conference and he was right. It just cools down your body and you are getting stiff and it is not easy at all," Thiem said.