Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE/ No. 3) won a true first-round thriller at the US Open against Andy Murray and moved into the second round. The 23-year-old from Athens prevailed after five hard-fought sets with 2: 6, 7: 6 (9: 7), 3: 6, 6: 3, 6: 4 against the three-time Grand Slam champion Murray. In the next round, Murray meets the French Adrian Mannarino.
Murray started the match against the favored Tsitsipas strongly. The former number one in the world dominated the start at will and took twice the serve from the Greek. With 6: 2, the first round clearly went to the double Olympic champion.
In the second set, Tsitsipas came into play better. However, number three on the seeding list against the British hardly varied in his game and was therefore very easy to calculate for the 34-year-old. In the tie-break, Murray had two set balls at 6: 4 to lead 2-0, but missed both chances and Tsitsipas took the set.
However, the Greek couldn’t take the momentum with him at first and lost the thread again in the third set. Murray played the more consistent tennis and took back the lead.
In the fourth round, however, the 23-year-old from Athens picked up the pace and quickly moved away to 5-0. Shortly before winning the set, however, he missed closing the passage. Murray came up again to 3: 5, before Tsitsipas then managed to equalize 2: 2 with his own serve.
Before the decisive fifth set – at this point there were already four hours of tennis on the clock – Tsitsipas caused a great deal of excitement. The Greek took a lot of time in the break, only came back from the catacombs to the arena after seven minutes and then picked up a time violation. Murray cursed loudly and got the audience behind him.
But the 34-year-old had to give up his service immediately and ran after this break until the end. With a score of 5: 4, Tsitsipas used his first match point after 4:48 hours. This was followed by a cool handshake on the network after a heated five-sentence detective story.