Written by Staff Writer at CNN
Andy Murray summed up his mood after crashing out of the US Open in the third round in straight sets to Greek 18-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas, saying: “I just had absolutely no answer.”
The number two seed, who has won the US Open seven times, lost 6-4 6-4 6-2 to Tsitsipas in straight sets to leave him struggling to find positive thoughts after Friday’s match.
Speaking after the match, Murray said: “I did everything I possibly could. I was hitting it back, that’s not what I had to do.”
Murray’s facial expressions ranged from dejected to cocky during the match, however he is convinced he will come back stronger from his underwhelming performance.
He said: “I could have given more of a fight today, and I could have won. There’s no real reason that I lost it. I just lost respect for myself tonight.
“I just have to analyze why, and be honest about that. That’s my mental side of the game, and we’ll make changes, and I’ll come back stronger next time.”
Conditions in New York were conducive to fast tennis, with a haze of dust settling over Arthur Ashe Stadium, providing a difficult challenge for Murray, who was playing his first set of grass court tennis since suffering a hip injury last year.
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For Tsitsipas, who will play a 16th-seeded Gael Monfils in the fourth round, it was a dream performance, with his opponent hardly breaking sweat during the match.
He thanked his parents after the match, who had traveled to the tournament in New York from Greece, for the support that got him through.
“It’s unbelievable,” Tsitsipas said. “I’ve been working really hard, I’m coming to the US Open and I’m ready and I’m playing against one of the best players of the world.”