Tennis News: Former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis claims Stefanos Tsitsipas is a “better player” than Andy Murray “today” before of their blockbuster first-round battle at the US Open; the Scot admitting his level is “up and down” after exiting the Winston-Salem Open earlier this week.
Andy Murray will not worry Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round of the US Open, according to former tennis star Marcos Baghdatis, while the Scot acknowledges his expectations are “very low” ahead of the Grand Slam in New York.
Murray will face the Greek star, who is now ranked No. 3 in the world after reaching his first Grand Slam final in Paris earlier this year.
Baghdatis, who was one of Tsitsipas’ childhood inspirations, thinks the match is a blockbuster on paper, but he expects a totally different tale on the court when the two meet for the first time.
Baghdatis, who retired from professional tennis at Wimbledon in 2019, stated, “A lot will depend on how Andy feels on the day.” “Andy has a lot of great vibes when he walks onto Arthur Ashe Stadium because of all the success he’s had there in the past.
“Tsitsipas is in better shape and is a better player than Andy today. It certainly appears to be that way, but Andy stands to gain nothing by doing so. I believe he should go out there and try to enjoy himself as much as possible.
“I get a hunch he hasn’t been enjoying his tennis lately.” He should strive to be looser, play a little more aggressively, stay closer to the baseline, and return balls. Try to take that first step, especially on the second serve return.
“If Andy can achieve that, we’re in for a fascinating match.”
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) August 19, 2021
Murray was knocked out of the Winston-Salem Open by Frances Tiafoe in straight sets earlier this week, and he discussed his lack of consistency on the court.
The two-time Wimbledon champion stated that his expectations for the major tournament at Flushing Meadows were as low as they could be.
“My level is just up and down,” he explained. There isn’t a lot of consistency. In matches, there are times when I play well and then have three or four points where I make mistakes or miss returns. I wish I wasn’t doing that, and I’m hoping that by playing more games and learning from my mistakes in previous weeks, I’ll be able to improve.
“Right now, my world level is probably about 50 or 60.” The thing that frustrates me is that if I wasn’t moving well and wasn’t physically feeling great, you could look at it and say, “You can go a little easy on yourself,” but when I’m winning 18% of second serve points, it has nothing to do with the physical side of things, and that’s what frustrates me. My tennis has been my Achilles’ heel.
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