Andy Murray and Frances Tiafoe: Continued Story in the Locker Room
Andy Murray and Frances Tiafoe fought each other on Tuesday evening in Antwerp for 3 hours and 45 minutes - and also had a lot to say after their match.
by Florian Goosmann
last edit: Oct 20, 2021, 03:54 pm
It was a fine piece of tennis that Andy Murray and Frances Tiafoe brought to the court in Antwerp on Tuesday evening. Both are not necessarily the hard hitters of the tour, build up points, have a good nose on the court - and so an entertaining match relaxed despite almost four hours of playing time. With the better end for Murray, who somehow stole the first round (Tiafoe had already served twice for the set), caught up a break deficit in the third set, saved two match points and was successful with the final stop.
"I think it was by far the longest three-set match I've ever played," said Murray afterwards . He doesn't mind playing long matches, "but that was a different level this time."
Murray and Tiafoe go deep
Murray and Tiafoe still had a lot to talk about after the match, actually a rare occurrence for the Scotsman. That was only the case twice, once in 2008 at the US Open with Jürgen Melzer and in 2010 in Wimbledon after the game against Jarkko Nieminen. At that time he had defeated Melzer in five sets, "we talked a little about the match", and after the Nieminen match they waited for the Queen, "we stood next to each other, so we had to talk about the game, so to speak."
He chatted with Tiafoe for around 30 minutes, but "more of a deep conversation about tennis in general, not so much about the match," said Murray . "And that is rather rare."
Murray can now at least take care of his battered body, he has no play on Wednesday. But on Thursday everything will be full again: Then he will meet Diego Schwartzman, who is in second place.