World No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas says his relationship with Daniil Medvedev has gotten better since they spent some time together at the Laver Cup in September. Tsitsipas and Medvedev got into it a couple of years ago at the Miami Masters and after that they started calling each other out during press conferences.
Medvedev leads the head-to-head against Tsitsipas 6-2. Medvedev won their first five meetings but Tsitsipas won the last two of their three meetings. "Well, my relationship with Medvedev it's fine. It kind of got better after the Laver Cup.
We haven't really spoken in the last couple of months, but our relationship is competitors on the court and kind of fighting for the same dream," Tsitsipas said of his relationship with Medvedev, per Lorenzo Ercoli.
Tsitsipas making a progress in Melbourne
Tsitsipas, who underwent an elbow surgery in late November, beat Jannik Sinner 6-3 6-4 6-2 to reach book a semifinal clash with Medvedev. "I'm pretty sure my doctor is watching right now, he has been sending me texts after every single match.
We both didn't expect me to participate at the Australian Open. He told me 'I don't see you playing in Australia', but I proved him wrong," Tsitsipas revealed, per Gaspar Ribeiro Lanca. After making his third Australian Open semifinal, Tsitsipas spoke about the importance of being able to prepare for each opponent and to adjust to every condition.
"You never know what you're going to get. Every match is different, and you need to be prepared for each and every battle no matter what your opponent is going to bring out there," Tsitsipas explained, per Luca Fiorino.
"You're a human being who is aiming for something great and you're headed towards that direction and you're doing everything possible in order to achieve that greatness. Perfection doesn't exist but close to perfection."