“More In-Depth Chat”: Andy Murray Reveals Details on Conversation With Frances Tiafoe Post the Epic Thriller

Published 10/20/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 27: Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates his victory in his men’s singles first round match against James Duckworth of Australia on Day One of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


In the opening round of the European Open, Andy Murray took on Frances Tiafoe. The match turned out to be an absolute classic as it went the distance. After the match, both players had a brief chat in the locker room and the three-time Grand Slam winner had positive words to say on the outcome. Andy won the match 7-6 (2), 6 (7)-7, 7-6 (8). 

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The Scot, who’s extremely experienced and has faced the greatest players of our generation, went on to say that he has never been involved in a match like last night’s encounter. Andy Murray spoke to Frances Tiafoe about tennis on a larger scale. Interestingly, they barely spoke about the match they had just finished. 

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The 34-year-old player revealed details of his conversation and stated, “[I had] a long chat with Frances afterward, so I’ll probably remember that and then the embrace at the end. I guess so much went into it that I don’t remember loads of points in the match, but obviously, the end was special. I’ve never played a match like that on the tour really…. In the locker room, we had a much more in-depth chat about tennis, not so much the match…. That was kind of rare I would say.”

Andy Murray and Frances Tiafoe gave it their all 

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After coming out of a marathon encounter like that, an athlete is completely drained, physically and mentally. Murray shared a similar feeling, adding that even the details of the encounter were hazy. He revealed that the conversation with the American player lasted for around 30 minutes. The former Olympic gold medalist added that he will remember the embrace that the duo shared at the end of the match. 

Aug 8, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Frances Tiafoe of the United States plays a shot against Emil Ruusuvuori (not pictured) of Finland during second round qualifying for the National Bank Open. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The former World No. 1 added, “There’s obviously so much that goes into a match like that. The margins were so fine. I served particularly well at the end, which helped, and when he missed his first serve on that match point. I was able to capitalize on that. Then in terms of what I’ll remember, I just spent probably 30 minutes in the locker room afterward just chatting to Frances really.”

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Coming to tennis, Murray will now face Argentine tennis player Diego Schwartzman in the Round of 16. This will be their first ever encounter. It’ll be interesting to see if Murray can extend his impressive 2021 season. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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