Stefanos Tsitsipas' blunt message to people rooting for drama with Daniil Medvedev

Tsitsipas and Medvedev, who practiced in Indian Wells this week, had a very tense moment during a Miami match in 2018.

by Dzevad Mesic
Stefanos Tsitsipas' blunt message to people rooting for drama with Daniil Medvedev
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Stefanos Tsitsipas issued a harsh message to anyone rooting for any kind of controversy between him and Daniil Medvedev as the Greek tennis star claims he and the Russian moved on from their Miami incident a long time ago and added that those searching for some drama there won't find it.

In 2018 - when both Tsitsipas and Medvedev were pretty much just starting and working on establishing themselves on the Tour - they had a very tense during their Miami Masters first-round match.

After Medvedev sealed a 2-6 6-4 6-2 win over Tsitsipas in their first-ever meeting, the Russian let it the Greek hear shortly after they shook hands. During the exchange, Medvedev made it clear to Tsitsipas that he didn't appreciate his lengthy toilet break during the third set and that not apologizing wasn't respectful either. Also, Medvedev claimed that he heard Tsitsipas using an expletive while referring to him.

Daniil Medvedev
Daniil Medvedev© Getty Images Sport - Clive Brunskill

During the heated moment, Tsitsipas did his best to stay calm and not react to anything. 

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Exactly six years after the incident, Tsitsipas and Medvedev practiced together in Indian Wells. 

"Well, it's a long history. I mean, whatever happened, how many years ago was that? 10 years ago? It was a long time ago," Tsitsipas said on Tennis Channel. 

"I guess people still expect some sort of a controversy or hatred between us two... But this has been long gone and not something I focus too much on these days actually." 

Since their 2018 Miami meeting, Tsitsipas and Medvedev have clashed against each other 12 more times, with the Russian leading their head-to-head 9-4.

Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas
Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas© Getty Images Sport - Lintao Zhang

Meanwhile, both Tsitsipas and Medvedev made winning starts in Indian Wells. After a first-round bye, Tsitsipas saw off Lucas Pouille 6-3 6-2 while Medvedev beat Roberto Carballes Baena 6-2 6-3. 

Considering that Tsitsipas and Medvedev aren't placed in the same part of the draw, they could only meet in the Indian Wells final.

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