Murray put in his best performance in four years to lead the competition to a deciding set, but was unhappy when Tsitsipas seized the opportunity for an eight-minute break in the bathroom before the start of the fifth. Tsitsipas immediately broke a furious Murray and managed to close out a 2-6, 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory in less than five hours.
“Fact of the day,” Murray tweeted Tuesday morning at New York, before comparing Tsitsipas’ exploits to the recent short rocket flight of Amazon’s billionaire founder, Jeff Bezos. “Stefanos Tsitipas [sic] takes twice as long to go to the bathroom than Jeff Bazos [sic] to fly into space. Interesting.”
Murray, who could be heard yelling “he’s cheating” into his box during the final set, condemned the long break as “nonsense” and noted that he had lost respect for his opponent.
“It is not so much to leave the field. It’s the amount of time, ”Murray said. “It’s silly and he knows it. That annoys me because it seems like a tantrum because you lost a game. I would have said the same if I had won, I promise. “
“It’s just disappointing because I feel like it influenced the outcome of the match. I’m not saying that I would necessarily win that game, sure, but it did influence what happened after those breaks. “
But Tsitsipas denied breaking the rules. “If there is something you have to tell me, we should both talk to understand what went wrong. I don’t think I broke any rules. I played by the guidelines, as is everything. I don’t know how my opponent feels when I’m playing the match. It’s really not my priority. “
“As long as I follow the rules and stick to what the ATP says is fair, the rest is fine. I have nothing against him. Absolutely nothing”.