Former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis claims Stefanos Tsitsipas is a “better player” than Andy Murray “today” before 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.” “When Andy walks into Arthur Ashe Stadium, he’s full of positive energy from all of his previous victories there.”
“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 attempt to make the most of the situation.
“I have a hunch he hasn’t been enjoying his tennis as much as he used to. 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.
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