Stefanos Tsitsipas Overcomes Feisty Andy Murray at US Open 2021 R1 in More Than 4 Hours

Published 08/30/2021, 7:39 PM EDT
Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece hits to Andy Murray of Great Britain (not pictured) on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


It was the first round at the US Open and we had former champion Andy Murray take on Stefanos Tsistsipas. It was a thrilling encounter and eventually, the match was won by the Greek star, 2-6 7-6(7) 3-6 6-3 6-4 in 4 hours and 35 minutes.

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Set 1: Andy Murray shows a different spirit

As the match began, Andy Murray was on the offensive and was quick to put pressure on Stefanos Tsitsipas. In the third and fifth games of the set, the Brit got the important breaks.

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 It took Andy 43 minutes to seal the opening set in his favor. During the set, the Greek star failed to serve up to the match, which did leave an impact. 

Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts to a winner against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece (not pictured) on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Set 2: Stefanos Tsitsipas survives a close battle 

In the following set, both players were playing brilliantly. Stefanos certainly raised his levels and was holding his service games with great effect. 

Eventually, the set had to be decided in a tiebreak. During the tiebreak too, there was a close battle and at that time, it was the Greek player who managed to get the better of Murray. He won the set 7-6 (7).

Set 3: Andy Murray is too good for the Greek talent

As the third set began, it was Murray who broke Stefanos in his opening service game. In the end, the one break was enough for the former World No. 1 to seal the set in his favor. He won the set 6-3 in close to an hour. 

Aug 30, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece hits to Andy Murray of Great Britain (not pictured) on day one of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Set 4: Stefanos Tsitsipas shows his brilliance

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The two early breaks received by Tsitsipas helped him get the edge over Murray. In 46 minutes, the Greek ace won the set 6-3. During the set, he was fully focused. 

Set 5: Stefanos Tsitsipas show why he is the 3rd best player in the world 

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In the opening game of the final set, the player from Greece broke the former champion. Stefanos raised his levels and was looking more sharper than his opponent. In the end, he won the set 6-4.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and 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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