Andy Murray says he ‘lost respect’ for Stefanos Tsitsipas after US Open defeat

Andy Murray Andy Murray says he ‘lost respect’ for Stefanos Tsitsipas after US Open defeat • Scot also told Greek teenager to ‘rest and enjoy playing’

• Second-round defeat increases pressure on Murray as he recovers from hip surgery Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece reacts during his second-round win over Andy Murray at the US Open. Photograph: Aaron Chown/PA

Andy Murray has warned Stefanos Tsitsipas that he needs to realise “how far you have to go before you’re ready” after being beaten in the second round of the US Open by the Greek teenager. The world No3 also said he had to put in more work to be back where he was at the start of this year.

Tsitsipas, at just 19 years and 278 days the youngest player in the top 100, stunned the world No4 Murray with a 6-7, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 victory on Friday. And after making it two wins in as many rounds at Flushing Meadows, he has been hailed by much of the tennis world as a potential grand slam winner.

“I certainly lost respect for him today,” Murray said. “He obviously turned up at the US Open with a very good game plan and played very well. At the end of the match you go out there with the aim of winning the match and I didn’t play well enough to win the match.

“I thought he was the better player the whole match and he was more accurate. I don’t think it was a tennis match where I won as much as he won. I was certainly making more unforced errors than he was and he was making more winners than I was. It was just a very lacklustre performance.

“I think everyone has got to realise how far you have to go before you’re ready for a grand slam because he showed at the beginning of the year he’s a very good player. Maybe he’s working at a level that he can get to No1 in the world, I’m not sure. I think he needs to keep improving, and I think that’s the message he needs to take away from the match.”

Murray has spent just 16 days on the tour since undergoing hip surgery in Australia on 4 January and is uncertain whether he will be ready to play in Glasgow at the Hopman Cup with Great Britain this month.

“All the goalposts have moved around in the last couple of weeks, but I’m going to take a few days off here to completely re-evaluate things,” he said. “I think once I can see myself playing competitively again I’ll then take a longer view of things and see where I am and what kind of plans I have in the future.

“It’s nice to be healthy, but I’ve got to play matches first and then we’ll see where it goes from there. I’m optimistic I can get better in the next few weeks, but I’m not really looking too far ahead. It’s a process. It’s all part of my plan to get back. We’re not far away. Hopefully I’ll be back in the Australian Open playing good tennis and competing in the last part of the season.”

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