The end of the match between Andy Murray and Stefanos Tsitsipas it was more than hot. The Greek took more time than he should to go to the bathroom between sets, breaking the rhythm a bit for Andy, who complained about it during the fifth set, as well as going, for example, for his racket when Tsitsipas faced a 0 -30 in one of his serve games. These tricks burned Murray, who at a press conference did not bite his tongue and charged the Hellene very hard.
Stefanos went back to the dressing room after the fourth set
It is not for leaving (the row), but for the time it takes. I spoke to my team before the game and told them that I expected something like this if things didn’t go their way. The problem is that you cannot stop in a way that affects your physique. When you play a game this brutal, if you stop for seven, eight minutes, you get cold. You can prepare yourself mentally, but so many breaks this long affect you physically.
He took a medical time after I won the third set. In the fourth, when I was 0-30, he went to change his racket. It can’t be a coincidence that it happens right there. (The knee) didn’t bother him afterwards in the two and a half hours that the game lasted. It’s disappointing, because I think that has influenced the game. I’m not saying it would have won, but it has affected. I appreciate him, I think he’s a great player and good at this sport, but I don’t like to waste time on these things. I’ve lost respect for him.
I’ve sat down with the Players Council, talking about changing some rules. Do you think this is normal or that it should be changed? (The thing about taking so long in the bathroom). This doesn’t make sense and he knows it too. In games like this, there is a lot of adrenaline that runs through your body and before a long break, that adrenaline makes you feel a bit chof. For example, you finish a game, when you spend about 10 minutes in the locker room, you already start to feel a little tired as the minutes go by. Especially at my age. When I was 20 that didn’t happen to me.
Nobody reacts to this problem
This is always talked about, but it keeps happening. Maybe I’m not right and I’m overreacting, but I’ll talk to my team and listen to what people have to say. I, sitting here, I think that this does not make sense and that a change is needed because this is not good for our sport or for TV or for the fans. I’m sitting here and instead of talking about how fantastic he is, being one of the best or my performance against him, we are talking about toilet breaks and medical times. This is rubbish. This is not OK. I told the ATP, that I did not want to give a press conference, because it was going to seem to destroy it and that it bothers me because I lost, but I swear I would have said the same if I had lost.
I have already said it many times in the last few months. I know that I am capable of playing this tennis. I just need to spend time on the track and have a chance to take on these guys. I think I have tried certain things today. From a physical point of view, I think I have been good. I have done very well, but I am very, very disappointed and frustrated by all that has happened.