Zach Johnson & Arthur Ashe Defend Federer

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) SCOTT MURRAY, COACHING STAR: He came into this, I had been out training with him, been against him. And he had beaten me a few times. So he certainly put his…

Zach Johnson & Arthur Ashe Defend Federer

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SCOTT MURRAY, COACHING STAR: He came into this, I had been out training with him, been against him. And he had beaten me a few times. So he certainly put his neck on the line with that and I thought he deserved it. I thought he played very, very well.

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SCOTT PIERCE, ABC SPORTS: Thank you, Jan-Eric. Stefanos Tsitsipas said he didn’t have any regrets. That, if he had another chance, he would. Look, this guy’s gonna keep playing, you know, for the rest of his life.

SCOTT HENRY, ABC SPORTS: Well, I mean, I think you’re right about that. Look, he’s a future star. I mean, this was a big tournament for him. I’d say something on television today or on social media this morning, one player summed it up pretty well. He said this guy simply didn’t have the heart. You know, Stefanos Tsitsipas, he didn’t have the heart to, to take on one of the most competitive players in the world.

PIERCE: You know, it’s easy to say when you’re in the crowd, you get to see it, right, that’s why you’re in the crowd, you want to see great tennis and you want to see great opponents. I think you might have to do it that way in the press box. But look, and here’s where we enter into the tricky area because he’s a European player, he’s from Greece, he’s one of the youngest players in tennis. And the more you talk about the question of language and other aspects, all I will say is that he is one of the nicest, most delightful young men you’re ever going to meet.

POTENTIAL DIMENSIONARY EFFECT OF VISIT AS A WITHDRAWAL: Andy Murray and his coach commentating on him is not the most welcoming interaction. There may have been extra scrutiny in the past, but here is a guy, Stefanos Tsitsipas, who comes here. He speaks very little English, he doesn’t really understand what was being said. Here’s the guy that’s coming to America to try to win. And he’s one of the reasons why you made the decision to hire your former player at the time, and now you’re gonna let him start up his career. It is the risk of the wedge that you have between one of your stars and one of the coaching staff and we’ll find out, sooner or later, what is that story?

HENRY: I do think this is a very difficult thing for the coach to see. And you know, a lot of people are talking about the ice cream part of it. Look, he’s not big on ice cream. I mean, this guy goes out of his way. He eats very healthily. He plays very hard and it’s not a guy who goes out to the basketball courts and hangs out. I mean, this guy’s very thoughtful.

STEVEN HANFORD, CBS SPORTS: And I would just add one more thing. He clearly wanted to showcase his talent to the greatest tennis player of all time. And I think that the head on how they were coached, Stefanos Tsitsipas goes through top ranked players who give him an edge over these guys. He’s not looked like, you know, a polished professional player. He had been pushed around in certain situations in this country. And I think that, if Murray gets beat, he doesn’t have to go and diss him, but the fact is this guy came up against two of the best players of all time. And while Stefanos Tsitsipas didn’t win the match, he did get the better of one of them.

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