Stefanos Tsitsipas: Daniil Medvedev is called an octopus for a reason

Tsitsipas speaks extremely highly of Medvedev.

by Dzevad Mesic
Stefanos Tsitsipas: Daniil Medvedev is called an octopus for a reason

Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas wasn't surprised by Daniil Medvedev's run at the US Open as he has spoken highly of the Russian's game. Tsitsipas and Medvedev have had some problems with each other in the past but they now seem to be on good terms.

"Well, Daniil has really like perfected the game that he's playing that not many players can play. I mean, to call him "octopus" was for a reason. He's just able to get balls that not many people are able to," Tsitsipas explained.

"He's a very quiet person. I got to know him a little bit more during Laver Cup. He doesn't talk much. I think it was just like -- it was interesting to see that side of him. He has done very well this year. We all saw what he did at the US Open.

And, I mean, at his best he can play against any player and able to get to any ball. "He's one of the most difficult opponents on the tour, and I guess, you know, I'm able to learn from him, as well."

Tsitsipas suffered a disappointing loss in Vienna

Tsitsipas played in Vienna last week, where he was stunned by Frances Tiafoe in the round-of-16.

"You've got fans going nuts early in the match. I want to play. I want to be out there, I want to give it my all. You've got little kids screaming 'Big Foe' and that's what it's about," Tiafoe said after the Tsitsipas win. "It's almost irrelevant who you're playing.

Obviously I want to beat Stefanos and these guys, it's always good to have on the resumé. It's been great." Tiafoe was happy with the win over Tsitsipas but he was also glad that he managed to put up a show for the crowd.

"I just love playing in a packed house. I feel at home. I feel like that's what it's about," Tiafoe said. "The result is almost irrelevant sometimes. You have kids coming out, parents bring these kids out, pay their hard-earned money to come watch me play.

I want people to have fun just like I'm having fun... I feel it's my duty to 'A', bring it, give my all, but also to make sure everyone has fun. That kid at the top of the stadium, I want them going home remembering [they] watched Frances Tiafoe play and [they] had a great time."

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