Andy Murray received’t neglect his match-winning drop shot in a rush after three hours and 45 minutes of battle on the European Open on Tuesday. The Scot eked out a slender 7-6(2), 6-7(7), 7-6(8) victory in opposition to 23-year-old Frances Tiafoe in Antwerp.
However past the ultimate level received – which set a second-round conflict with second seed Diego Schwartzman – it was not the character of victory that caught with the previous World No. 1. It was extra a couple of prolonged debrief he shared together with his opponent within the instant aftermath.
“There’s clearly a lot that goes right into a match like that. The margins had been so wonderful,” Murray stated. “I served notably effectively on the finish, which helped, and when he missed his first serve on that match level.
“I used to be capable of capitalise on that after which when it comes to what I will bear in mind, I simply spent most likely half-hour within the locker room afterwards simply chatting to Frances actually.”
Murray recalled solely twice from 897 earlier tour-level matches in his profession having spoken to his opponent after the match within the locker room – each instances in victory. The primary time was after the opening spherical of the 2008 US Open and the one different time got here after the second spherical at Wimbledon in 2010.
“I feel perhaps as soon as I’ve had that dialog… twice, however very brief after matches within the locker room,” he stated. “As soon as was with Melzer on the US Open after I beat him in 5 units and we chatted a bit in regards to the match, after which as soon as after taking part in Jarkko Nieminen as a result of we had been ready to talk to the Queen after we performed. We had been type of standing subsequent to one another, so we had a chat in regards to the match.”
“[I had] a protracted chat with Frances afterwards so I will most likely keep in mind that after which the embrace on the finish. I assume a lot went into it that I do not bear in mind a great deal of factors within the match, however clearly the tip was particular. I’ve by no means performed a match like that on the tour actually… Within the locker room we had a way more in-depth chat about tennis, not a lot the match… That was type of uncommon I might say.”