Stefanos Tsitsipas reveals keys to big victory over Daniil Medvedev in Cincinnati

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Stefanos Tsitsipas reveals keys to big victory over Daniil Medvedev in Cincinnati

Stefanos Tsitsipas felt that showing courage and going to the net was one of the keys behind his big Cincinnati Masters victory over Daniil Medvedev. In the Cincinnati semifinal, Tsitsipas upset first-seeded Medvedev 7-6 (6) 3-6 6-3.

Tsitsipas entered the match knowing that Medvedev would not give him anything and he was often going to the net and trying to play aggressive. "There were some difficult shots I had to play a bit more," Tsitsipas said, via the ATP websit.

"A few short balls I really took advantage of and came in. A lot of courageous serve and volleys, approaches to the net that definitely gave me that great win today”.

Tsitsipas on winning in three sets

After recovering from a break down in the first set, Tsitsipas also saved a set point in the tie-break to steal the opener.

Medvedev bounced back in the second set, breaking Tsitsipas twice to send the match into a third set. In the third set, Tsitsipas claimed the first and lone break of the decider in the sixth game. Tsitsipas then routinely held on to his serve the rest of the match to complete a three-set win.

“I knew I had to sign up for a difficult task, third set, it wasn’t going to be easy," Tsitsipas said post-match. "He made it very physical and really demanding for me. I just took advantage of some of his missed first serves.

I think I had a couple opportunities where it seemed to be going towards to my side." Medvedev basically gifted Tsitsipas a break since he served a double fault on a break point. "He gave me a double fault on break point, which I think was very important moment for me psychologically to give my best shot.

I was a few games away and I was very calm and concentrated in every single task that was given to me," Tsitsipas added.