US Open: Andy Murray loses to Stefanos Tsitsipas in five-set marathon at Arthur Ashe Stadium | tennis news

US Open: Andy Murray loses to Stefanos Tsitsipas in five-set marathon at Arthur Ashe Stadium |  tennis news

Andy Murray gives World No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas a five-set workout in brutally damp conditions at New York’s Flushing Meadows; the 2012 champion recaptures some of his old vintage form to prove he can still combine it with the very best in men’s tennis

Last updated: 31/08/21 1:09 am

Andy Murray dropped out of US Open despite huge effort against Stefanos Tsitsipas

Andy Murray rolled back the years to once again thrill US Open spectators, but despite a heroic attempt, third seed was Stefanos Tsitsipas who claimed a thrilling five-set of nearly five hours on opening day.

Murray, who is currently ranked 112th in the world while still fighting back from hip surgery he had more than two years ago, got the kind of draw many would have feared against Tsitsipas – a player who made the final earlier this year. of the French Open.

The tournament may have started without some of the biggest names in the sport, but the 2012 New York champion turned the clock back to give the Greek third seed some serious first-round fear in blistering conditions, eventually falling back. to a 2-6 7-6 (9-7) 3-6 6-3 6-4 defeat.

The Scot did exceptionally well to sweep through the opening set and cheer up the spectators at Arthur Ashe Stadium, who missed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

And things could have gotten even better for the 34-year-old former world No. 1 had he taken two set point opportunities in the second set tiebreak.

Tsitsipas gathered to equalize, forcing Murray, whose socks and trainers had been soaked from the intense humidity, had to make his way back to the changing rooms for a complete outfit change.

Murray went into this Grand Slam with “low expectations” and blamed a lack of consistency. He had made early exits in Cincinnati and the Winston-Salem Open, but his form against Tsitsipas had come completely out of the blue.

He recovered brilliantly at the start of the third set and instinctively played to remove one set from his first win over a top three player since the 2016 ATP Finals. However, the Greek made sure there was more to come as we headed into a deciding set shootout after he took fourth.

The three-time Grand Slam champion had the New York public firmly on his side as an underdog, but it was the 23-year-old who broke Murray’s brave defiance.

Evans wins; Watson & Dart disabled

Dan Evans defeated Brazilian Thiago Monteiro in four sets to reach the second round at Flushing Meadows

Dan Evans defeated Brazilian Thiago Monteiro in four sets to reach the second round at Flushing Meadows

British number 1 Dan Evans beat Brazilian Thiago Monteiro in the first round in four sets.

Evans came through 6-3 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 6-1 as he advanced safely to the second round in New York.

“I was playing better than I had been, but physically I wasn’t feeling great. I had quite a headache – that’s something I’ve never had before,” said Evans.

“I think the lack of matches in my legs played a big part and made me tired – at least I hope so.

“Normally I like to play in hot and humid conditions and I feel I’m pretty good in those conditions, but today I wasn’t. I don’t know if it’s because I haven’t played much and I’m not very fit at the moment or if it is the lasting effects.

“I came through and did well and I would probably say I was the better player.”

Evans will face number 64 in the next round of Marcos Giron, after the American knocked out France’s Antoine Hoang 6-3 6-4 7-5.

Heather Watson’s tournament is over after she suffered a straight-set loss in the first round, losing 6-1 6-4 to Kaja Juvan.

Two early breaks saw the Slovenian take immediate control in a one-sided opening set.

The second set was much more of a game, but the Brit lost her serve in the seventh game and that proved decisive.

Harriet Dart lost in three sets against world ranking 62 Caroline Garcia (Pete Staples/USTA)

Harriet Dart lost in three sets against world ranking 62 Caroline Garcia (Pete Staples/USTA)

Harriet Dart is also out after losing 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 6-2 to France’s Caroline Garcia.

The match appeared to be getting a medical timeout after the seventh game of the second set. Garcia broke the serve and led 4-3 before Dart left the field to get some attention.

She returned with her left thigh heavily tied and her opponent continued to improve on the match. Garcia then raced to a 4-0 lead in the decider before serving out the game.

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