Australian Open - 'Everyone saw what happened' - Stefanos Tsitsipas appears to slam Daniil Medvedev
The Greek, who saw off Rafael Nadal in the quarter finals, was beaten in straight sets by the number four seed who will now take on Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final to decide the Australian Open men's singles. However, Tsitsipas appeared irked by some of Medvedev's behaviour on the court, implying as much in his post-match press conference.
'Everyone saw what happened' - Tsitsipas with apparent dig at Medvedev
"I really don't have anything to say on that,” he said when asked to explain why Medvedev was so hard to beat.
I mean, everyone saw what just happened out there. I'm the last person you should be asking this. I was just focused on my game, and he put out his show. He became Daniil Medvedev for three sets in a row.
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It took Tsitsipas until 3-2 in the third set to break Medvedev for the first time, raising hopes the Greek could pull off another five sets comeback as he did in the quarter finals against Rafael Nadal.
But Tsitsipas revealed afterwards that he didn’t believe he would have the physical level required to come back from two sets down against Medvedev.
"It didn't really matter,” he said. "Up to this point, even if I would have been doing well, I don't think I would have had any energy to get back in the match. It was all in the first two sets."
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Looking ahead to Sunday’s final, Tsitsipas expressed his belief that Medvedev can beat Djokovic and further loosen the Big Three’s grip on the Grand Slams after Dominic Thiem’s triumph at the US Open last year.
"I wouldn't be surprised to see Daniil win the tournament,” the Greek said. “But, you know, it's a strange scenario.
"I played Rafa here two years ago. I found his performance against me that day phenomenal. I was 100% sure he was gonna win the tournament. And I ended up being wrong.
"Who knows? I don't know. Like, Djokovic is playing well too. Look, I'm not a betting website. I don't know what to say. Might be Medvedev, would be good for him, good for tennis."
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