Stefanos Tsitsipas defends bathroom breaks following US Open up exit


Stefanos Tsitsipas feels he has been misunderstood after the villain of the 2021 US Open up was knocked out in the 3rd spherical by growing star Carlos Alcaraz.

The third seed had arrive less than fireplace for the timing and duration of his bathroom breaks, with Andy Murray heavily criticising him subsequent their very first-round match.

The Flushing Meadows group subsequently turned on the Greek and booed him through his 5-established decline to the Spanish teen, who prevailed 6-3 4-6 7-6 (2) -6 7-6 (5).

The crowd ended up yet again sad as Tsitsipas left court soon after shedding the 3rd set prior to coming back to bagel Alcaraz in the fourth – a further more case in point of the gamesmanship he has been accused of.

Tsitsipas has labelled individuals “completely false” and claims he has been produced the villain “for no reason”.

He explained: “I’m not pretending that every person loves me. My intentions are not to be beloved by every person. Every single individual can decide on their favorite player, choose a facet. I felt that way, but I type of have dismissed it.

“Because men and women don’t know, which is the point. When men and women are not really in the activity and do not know what is occurring, I imply, all these accusations have been absolutely phony.

“Then the crowd here, I guess these two matters ended up the most extreme that took put below. I was astonished in a way. I never truly let myself acquire me down simply because I’m out there enjoying my video game. I mean, supporter guidance is essential, but I just need to have to go out there and accomplish. It doesn’t make any difference at that position.

“I know all of these things have been in opposition to me for no explanation. I took my toilet break as a standard athlete. Could possibly have taken a little bit extended than other athletes.

“But if there is a rule that suggests there’s a specific total of time that you are allowed to choose, then I would probably attempt and abide by that protocol, that rule, and keep within the pointers and attempt and comply with it as considerably as feasible.

“But I sense like people today, they don’t realize. They are listed here for the demonstrate. They want to look at tennis. They’re incredibly impatient, especially the new era. They just want to get it finished swift.

“For me the only point I did is transform from wet outfits to dry garments. Seemingly it’s a large problem.”

Although Tsitsipas was still left defending himself, Alcaraz was basking in a “dream arrive true”.

The Spaniard has by now been hailed as Rafael Nadal’s successor and he seized his possibility on the huge stage in superb manner.

He said: “I have not text to describe how I am experience correct now. I just do not know what took place out there in the court docket. I can’t imagine that I beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in an epic match.

“For me it is a dream occur accurate.”

2nd seed Daniil Medvedev made serene development into the fourth spherical where he will meet Briton Dan Evans.

The Russian eased previous Pablo Andujar-Alba 6- 6-4 6-3 and in no way looked in threat.

Diego Schwartzman, seeded 11, also experienced a at ease night, motoring earlier Alex Molcan 6-4 6-3 6-3.

The night session observed two 5-established battles that meant enjoy did not end until 2am regional time.

Felix Auger-Aliassime came as a result of an epic contest with Roberto Bautista Agut, profitable 6-3 6-4 4-6 3-6 6-3.

And residence favourite Frances Tiafoe delighted a raucous group on Arthur Ashe Stadium with a gruelling get in excess of fifth seed Andrey Rublev.

The American gained 4-6 6-3 7-6 (6) 4-6 6-1 in a tiny under 4 hours.