Stefanos Tsitsipas heard boos from the crowd for yet another long trip off the court after dropping a set during a second-round victory over Adrian Mannarino.
The third-seeded Tsitsipas hit 27 aces and beat Mannarino 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-0 with the roof closed at Arthur Ashe Stadium because of heavy rain from remnants of Hurricane Ida on Wednesday night.
Tsitsipas took a toilet break that created an eight-minute delay between the end of the third set and the start of the fourth. His return was greeted by fans voicing their displeasure — certainly aware that Tsitsipas was heavily criticised by three-time major champion Andy Murray for lengthy breaks in their match on Monday.
“I think taking a break and going to change — I was completely wet — I was refreshed,” Tsitsipas said when asked about the key to sweeping the final set in 30 minutes.
“I was much more able to deliver good tennis in the fourth set. I was able to stay resilient on each and every point.”
Tsitsipas will face 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz of Spain for a spot in the fourth round. The US Open is the only Grand Slam tournament where the 23-year-old from Greece hasn’t made it that far.
He was the runner-up at the French Open this year. He has also made it to the semifinals of the Australian Open and the fourth round at Wimbledon.