‘That’s why I play this game,’ says Frances Tiafoe as he also salutes ‘true inspiration’ Andy Murray

Andy Murray and Frances Tiafoe embrace

Frances Tiafoe shared a classy post on social media as he paid tribute to Andy Murray following their epic clash in Antwerp, saying “the respect I have for you is thru [sic] the roof”.

The duo produced a three-hour and 45-minute classic in the European Open as all three sets were decided by a tie-breaker, but Murray – who had saved a couple of match points – finally came out on top with a 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (10-8) victory.

Murray revealed during his post-match press conference that they also enjoyed a rare in-depth chat in the lockerroom after the clash.

‘That was rare,’ says Andy Murray as he reveals in-depth chat with Frances Tiafoe after Antwerp epic

American Tiafoe has since taken to social media to not only reveal that he is “still hurting”, but also pay homage to former world No 1 Murray.

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“I don’t even really know what to say. Last night was just insane. 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,” he wrote.

“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.”