Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev do not have the best relationship. In Miami, last year they had a controversy on the court and some weeks ago, the Greek seemed to be implying that playing the Russian was boring. Medvedev then said that they are probably enemies.
In a press conference at the ATP Finals in London, Tsitsipas said: "I never said I don't like him. What makes you think I don't like him? I'd really love to talk about that situation that happened in Miami.
I was playing my match. I think it was, I'm not sure, 3-2 or 4-2 in the third set, and I did hit a let during the rally that we played. Three more shots took place after that net that I hit. I did pass him -- well, I did pass him after he approached the net, and for some reason he wanted an apology from me, which I completely forgot that there was a net during that rally because I was so much focused to my game, into getting that point over, winning that point.
So he starts looking at me, telling me to apologize for what I just did. It was Love-40. Triple break point for me to go back into the match. And after that, I think I didn't win a single game. He did get into my head, and I was very frustrated that it did go this way.
He starts telling me that I should apologize, that what I do is unsportsmanlike. I tried not to pay attention because I knew that it was something that he wanted something intentional, something that he wanted to pass to me.
Somehow it did affect me. I did got pissed and said what I said, which I do regret, but at the time I was very frustrated that things happened this way. I completely forgot about the past. I mean, our chemistry definitely isn't the best that you can find on the tour.
It just happens with people that it's not that you can just like everyone. It's not that I hate him. I guess -- yeah, as he said, we will not go to dinner together, so..." Tsitsipas won his first match against Medvedev on Monday at the ATP Finals in what was the sixth meeting between the two players. Medvedev had won all previous five matches.