Andy Murray fires another swipe at Stefanos Tsitsipas as fans boo latest antics

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British tennis star Andy Murray couldn't resist taking another dig at Stefanos Tsitsipas after he once again took a lengthy break during a match at the US Open, reigniting a row which has raged since the pair faced off in round one.

The Scot fell at the first hurdle when Tsitsipas won a five-set thriller, but left Murray raging at the amount of time the Greek was spending on breaks away from the court – specifically ahead of the final set.

But the criticism Tsitsipas has faced since has clearly not dissuaded him from his long stints in the bathroom, as he repeated the trick when things went wrong for him during his second round clash with Adrian Mannarino.

The Greek was cruising two sets up, but lost a tie-break to his opponent in the third before spending more than seven minutes away from the court, delaying the start of the fourth set.

The crowd at the Arthur Ashe Stadium certainly were not happy, with a loud chorus of boos greeting Tsitsipas on his return to the court at Flushing Meadows.

The hostile atmosphere did not affect him though, as he breezed through the next six games to win 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 6-0 and knock his French opponent out of the final Grand Slam of the year.

Murray, seemingly unable to resist the temptation to have a sly dig, tweeted to his 3.5m followers: "Did anything interesting happen overnight?"

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After his loss to Tsitsipas, the former US Open champion claimed his opponent had taken the long breaks deliberately to disrupt his rhythm, adding: "It influenced the outcome of the match.

"When you're playing a brutal match like that, stopping for seven, eight minutes, you do cool down.

"Every single time it was before my serve as well. I think when he took the medical timeout, it was just after I had won the third set. Also in the fourth set when I had love-30, he chose to go.

"It can't be a 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.

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"I rate him a lot. I think he's a brilliant player. I think he's great for the game. But I have zero time for that stuff at all, and I lost respect for him."

Tsitsipas has maintained his innocence throughout the saga.

"I haven't done anything wrong, so I don't understand," he said. "The people love the sport, they come to watch tennis. I have nothing against them. I love the fans.

"But some people don't understand. They haven't played tennis at high level to understand how much effort and how much difficult it is to do what we are doing.

"Sometimes we need a short break to do what we have to do."

  • Tennis
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