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Andy Murray blasts Tsitsipas into orbit

Andy Murray launched a fresh rocket at his US Open conqueror Stefanos Tsitsipas on Tuesday, griping that the Greek player took longer on bathroom breaks than it took billionaire Jeff Bezos to reach outer space.

The Briton was furious when Tsitsipas took a break that ran close to eight minutes during their five-set first-round clash on Monday, which he felt disrupted his game and swayed the outcome.

Murray said after the match — during which Tsitsipas also took a medical time-out for a foot injury — that he had “lost respect” for the Greek world number 3.

Murray the 2012 US Open champion was still seething a day later.

“Fact of the day. It takes Stefanos Tsitsipas twice as long to go the bathroom as it takes Jeff Bezos to fly into space. Interesting,” the 34-year-old Scot tweeted on Tuesday.

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Tsitsipas, 23, had pointed out after the match that he had not broken any rules, as there are no time limits on bathroom breaks.

“If there’s something that he has to tell me, we should speak the two of us to kind of understand what went wrong,” he said.

Tsitsipas’s younger brother, Petros, responded to Murray’s broadside on Twitter: “Never expected this kind of behaviour, from a supposedly tennis legend!”

Murray had previously called his opponent’s bathroom breaks “nonsense”, saying that he had been warned by his team about such tactics before the match.

During the fifth set, where Murray was broken in the first game, the former world number one could be heard shouting “it is cheating” towards his box.

Tsitsipas took the seven minute-plus break before the decisive fifth set. He will take on world number 44 Adrian Mannarino of France in the second round on Wednesday.

Tomljanovic charges into second round

Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic took little more than an  hour to advance to the second round of the US Open.(

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Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic wasted little time in booking her place in the second round of the year’s final grand slam.

The 28-year-old Australian — who made her first grand slam quarter-final at Wimbledon — raced past teenaged American wildcard Katie Volynets 6-3, 6-1 in a dominant performance.

Volynets, playing in her first main draw at a slam was no match for the Australian, who was dominant on serve.

Tomljanovic not only never gave up a break point in the victory but she only lost three points for the match on her first serve.

Her reward is a second round encounter with 30th-seeded Croat Petra Martic.

The pair have not played since 2011 but Martic holds a 2-0 head-to-head edge.

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