World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev revealed he was thinking the whole match of pulling off an underarm serve against Stefanos Tsitsipas. Down match point on the third, Medvedev pulled off an underarm serve and it didn't work out as Tsitsipas won 6-3 7-6 (3) 7-5.
"I was thinking about it during the whole match, like that maybe in the important point I could do it because my opinion that he was quite far back in the court, so that can always work," Medvedev said of his underarm serve, per Tennis Majors.
"But I didn't see the opportunity before and this one I felt that he was kind of on top of me, so I thought it's going to be a good choice to bring him surprise. "I sometimes do it on practice. Usually guys are a bit surprised.
They are coming to the low ball to slice, so that's why I went to the net. But well, it didn't work out at all. He had an easy ball to finish. He made it. But again, as I say, it was tactical, and I won't say it was a mistake.
It was something that I dared to do and just maybe next time I won't do it knowing that he's ready."
Tsitsipas said it was a close match versus Medvedev
"It was a very close match,” Tsitsipas said.
“There weren’t many breaks. We both served pretty well. I think the difference was in the last game, being down 0-40, coming back and winning that game. I was trying to stay mentally there. I could have given up and put my mind on the tiebreaker.
But I stayed in it. “I was playing against one of the best guys on the tour. I had to keep up the intensity and elevate my game throughout the entire match. I was playing really good, not giving him space to do things. My performance was one of the best this week. (I’m) really happy. Being in the semi-finals brings back good memories”.