Stefanos Tsitsipas: Daniil Medvedev is one of the biggest fighters, like Rafael Nadal



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Stefanos Tsitsipas: Daniil Medvedev is one of the biggest fighters, like Rafael Nadal

World No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas was in positive spirits after losing to No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open semifinal. Tsitsipas, who was aiming to make his first Australian Open final, fell short in his bid as Medvedev beat the Greek 7-6 (5) 4-6 6-4 6-1.

“I have a long season ahead of me, with a lot of opportunities,” Tsitsipas said in his post-match press conference. “I'm going to try and grab and get the best out of my tennis and get the best out of this experience, so that I can always work towards and help myself improve physically, mentally and improve my game generally.

I see today's performance as a lesson that I can use to move forward”.

Tsitsipas compares Medvedev to Nadal

The two players were tied at four games apiece in the third set before Medvedev won eight of the next nine games to clinch a four-set win.

“He's a great competitor,” Tsitsipas added. “He runs like [a] marathon runner, he can run for hours and hours. I respect the fact that he's able to run so much and make it physical out there in every single point.

He's one of the biggest fighters, together with Nadal. He's earned the win”. Tsitsipas underwent an elbow surgery in late November and his participation at the Australian Open was in doubt. Not only that Tsitsipas participated in Melbourne, he also managed to make the semifinal.

“I felt good with my shots, felt good mentally, I felt good in terms of belief and in terms of feeling that passion in the court. I was very close. The first tie-break was an important one. I feel like I could have won that one.

Maybe should have followed a different tactic. But again [it is] a lesson. I think it would have been a different match winning that first set," Tsitsipas noted.