Stefanos Tsitsipas addressed his spicy US Open match against Andy Murray ahead of their latest match at Wimbledon.
Stefanos Tsitsipas has confirmed that he and Andy Murray are on good terms after trading words following a fiery match at the US Open two years ago. The pair will renew their rivalry on Wimbledon’s Centre Court in the second round. And the fifth seed said he was ready to learn from the two-time Wimbledon champion after quashing their beef long ago.
Tsitsipas and Murray will face off for the third time in their careers on Thursday with their head-to-head currently at one apiece. The pair played a memorable five-setter in Flushing Meadows two years ago, with the Brit claiming the 24-year-old was “cheating” when he took an eight-minute toilet break.
The world No 40 has since gotten revenge on the match court, defeating Tsitsipas on the grass in Stuttgart last summer. And the pair have appeared to be on good terms since joining forces on Team Europe at the Laver Cup in September.
Ahead of their blockbuster Wimbledon match, Tsitsipas confirmed that their US Open blows were behind them. “I think it has been settled already long time ago,” he said after beating Dominic Thiem in a five-set thriller.
“We had to play Laver Cup together in the same team. I’ve forgotten about it. He has forgotten about it.” Tsitsipas also said he was hoping to learn from their third encounter whether or not he came out as the victor.
The nine-time title winner added: “He’s someone that I respect. Obviously he’s older than me. He has done great things in tennis. I’m looking forward to this match. I hope there’s plenty for me to learn.
“Regardless of the outcome, I feel like I really want to go out there and give it a shot and aim for being super strong and disciplined in that match because it will require lots of that. If I’m in there persistent and focused on my goal, I feel like anything is possible. I’m hoping to be in that kind of mindset when I’m going to be facing him tomorrow.”
Tsitsipas is already at something of a disadvantage going into Thursday’s clash. Murray got to finish his first-round match under the Centre Court roof on Tuesday while the day ended up being a washout.
Meanwhile, the fifth seed had to come back to continue his match against Thiem – leading 4-3 on serve after dropping the first set. And he was on court for a total of almost four hours as the match went to a decisive first-to-10-point tiebreak.
But Tsitsipas wasn’t sure whether the scheduling would affect him. “I won’t know till I have to face him,” he said.
And after losing to Murray on the grass in Stuttgart 13 months ago, the 24-year-old knows what she has to do. “He is a strong opponent, he has played on this court so many times,” Tsitsipas continued.
“Grass suits his game very good. He has shown it with titles, two titles here, at Wimbledon. He has won Queen’s in the past. He’s a strong opponent on grass.
“I played him once before on grass in Stuttgart. I need to up my game on this occasion. Looking forward on having to face his solid game, which will make it physical. That is something that I haven’t been exposed to a lot on grass, but I will have to put in the work and make it work this way.”