World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas dropped a major praise on top-ranked Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev after their clash at the Australian Open. Medvedev, seeded at No. 4, handed a 6-4 6-2 7-5 loss to Tsitsipas to make his first final at the Australian Open.
Medvedev controlled the match from the beginning until the end and Tsitsipas stood no chance against the Russian. "Let me tell you that he’s a player who has unlocked pretty much everything in the game,” Tsitsipas said, per Tennis Majors.
“He’s reading the game really well. He has this amazing serve which I would describe close to John Isner’s serve. And then he has amazing baseline which makes it extremely difficult. So even if you return the serve, you don’t guarantee that you’re going to win the point.
You have to really work hard for it."
Medvedev dominates the head-to-head against Tsitsipas
Medvedev now has a 6-1 head-to-head record against Tsitsipas. “It’s difficult. Obviously it’s not meant to be easy, otherwise, you know, he would be stuck at the futures level and not here.
So he makes it very difficult, and I’m sure all the hard work that he has been putting and the hours on the court have benefited a lot. He tricks you. You know, he plays the game really smart. It’s really interesting to see that," Tsitsipas added.
Still, Tsitsipas was happy with his campaign at Melbourne Park. "It means the world to be where I am,” he said. “Playing in a semi-final is a difficult thing. I just need to find a way to get there and just be in the same state of mind.
I’ve proven that I have the level to beat these players. It’s not that I haven’t, but as Stan (Wawrinka) says, “Ever tried, ever failed, no matter, try again…fail better”. So let’s hope for something better next time. I really hope it comes”.