“It’s a Good Test for Me” – Andy Murray Confident Regarding Tough Opener Against Stefanos Tsitsipas at US Open 2021

Published 08/28/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 2, 2021 Great Britain’s Andy Murray reacts during his third round match against Canada’s Denis Shapovalov REUTERS/Peter Nicholls


Andy Murray would be justified in feeling hard done by at the US Open draw. In a huge test for his opening match at Flushing Meadows, the Briton will face World No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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While the task at hand looks challenging, Murray gave a positive opinion on his opener against the rising Greek star.

Andy Murray calls opening match against Stefanos Tsitsipas “a good test”

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Since turning pro in 2005, Murray brought his own unique style to the game. With an impressive work rate and impeccable shots, the Briton soared to the top of the sport, enjoying an extremely successful 2016.

However, injuries plagued the 34-year-old on more than one occasion. And the Andy Murray competing today is quite far off from that of yesteryears.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Doubles – Round 2 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 27, 2021. Andy Murray reacts during his Men’s Doubles second round match REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

Meanwhile, Tsitsipas is one among the upcoming generation of tennis players. Aged just 23, the Greek has the experience of competing in a Grand Slam final, which he did at this year’s French Open. With an impressive physique and power-packed game, Tsitsipas ranks among the favorites to win the tournament.

Earlier today, the Briton admitted his first round match against Tsitsipas will help him determine where he stands in the modern game. He said“It’s a good test for me to see where I am.”

Many players on the tour may want to avoid Tsitsipas at the US Open, given his current run of form. However, the Briton’s words could add a different dimension to an untested matchup.

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Murray to face Tsitsipas for the first time in his career

While they faced many top players on the ATP Tour, they are yet to face each other. However, that statistic will change on Monday, August 30.

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)

While Murray won the US Open title in 2012, Tsitsipas not only chases his first US Open title, but his first Grand Slam title. Can the Briton upset the odds against the current World No. 3?

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management graduate, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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