Following their match in Antwerp, Frances Tiafoe expressed her admiration and respect for three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray.
Murray, who is now ranked 172nd in the world, defeated Tiafoe 7-6 (2), 6-7 (7), 7-6 (8) in three hours and 45 minutes to advance to the Antwerp round of 16.
It was the season’s longest three-hour contest.
“I don’t even really know what to say. Last night was just insane,” Tiafoe wrote in an Instagram post.
“It definitely hurts to be on the wrong side of the stick after a match like this….but damn that’s why I play this game.
“To battle the best players in the world. We sure did battle 2 out 3 sets in 3 hrs and 45 minutes.
“I’m still hurting bro. Gotta S/O @andymurray you a true inspiration bro. Everything you been thru and your playing at this high of a level and still keep your standards extremely high.
“Asking for the best out of yourself and then some. All while having a metal hip. Your the biggest competitor I know the respect I have for you is thru the roof.
“As much as I wish I beat yo ass last night. To share a historic match like that glad it was against you man.
“Nothing but love and respect for SIR ANDY MURRAY.”
Murray and Tiafoe had a half-hour conversation
“[I had] a long chat with Frances afterwards, so I’ll probably remember that and then the embrace at the end.
“I guess so much went into it that I don’t remember loads of points in the match, but obviously the end was special. I’ve never played a match like that on the tour really….
“In the locker room we had a much more in-depth chat about tennis, not so much the match….
“That was kind of rare I would say,” Murray said, as per report son Tennis Majors.
“There’s obviously so much that goes into a match like that. The margins were so fine.
“I served particularly well at the end, which helped, and when he missed his first serve on that match point.
“I was able to capitalise on that.
“Then in terms of what I’ll remember, I just spent probably 30 minutes in the locker room afterwards just chatting to Frances really”.