Stefanos Tsitsipas has had some good performances in the Asian swing of the ATP tour. He reached the final at the China Open and the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters. However, he lost to Dominic Thiem in the final in Beijing and Daniil Medvedev in the semi-finals in Shanghai. The 21-year-old was disappointed to lose to the Russian last week after he had defeated Novak Djokovic earlier in the quarterfinals. The Greek player has said that playing against Medvedev is an uncomfortable experience.
Tough to play against
In an interview after the loss, Tsitsipas revealed that Medvedev’s playing style was difficult to match. He praised the Russian for his huge serve. The 21-year-old also revealed that the US Open finalist forces opponents to play on his own terms. He said that he had tried to hit the ball hard and accurately to make him move but was unsuccessful in winning the match. Summarizing the experience of playing the 23-year-old, Stefanos said he did not enjoy it.
“Well, I don’t mean to be rude at all, actually, at all, but it’s just boring. It’s boring. It’s so boring that, I don’t know.
I hate myself, first of all, for putting myself into that kind of situation where I have to play in his own terms and not on my terms. And that’s kind of, I don’t know, reminding me my childhood years when I was 12 years old playing inside the court.
So he has a huge serve, and if you manage to get it back, it’s just countless balls inside the court, which you have, the only way you have to, you can do is hit as hard as you can side to side, be accurate, and make him move.”
Tsitsipas is 0-5 down in H2H match vs. Medvedev
The Greek player has lost all five matches he has played against Medvedev. His loss in Shanghai was his second to the Russian player this year. The world No. 7 lost their round of 16 meetings at the Monte Carlo Masters earlier this year. He also lost all three matches they played in 2018. The Russian has been in spectacular form this year. After beating Tsitsipas in the semifinals, he went on to lift the title on Sunday. He defeated German, Alexander Zverev, in the final. The final was also his sixth consecutive ATP tournament final in 2019. He started the run at the Washington Open in August.
Tsitsipas Schedule for the rest of 2019
Despite losing to Medvedev, Tsitsipas was proud of his performance in Asia. After reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January, the 21-year-old struggled in Europe and North America. He went out in the first round at Wimbledon and in the US Open. His improved performances in Asia ensured his qualification for the ATP Finals in London. The finals start on November 10th. Before then, Tsitsipas will play in Basel this week. He will then aim to do well at the Paris Masters, which begins on October 28th. After playing in Paris and London, he will represent his country at the Davis Cup finals in Madrid from 18th to 24th November.
Daniil Medvedev’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.4 (career-high), Medvedev played his last match on the 13th of October when he beat Alexander Zverev 6-4 6-1 in the final in Shanghai to win his 7th career title.
This year Daniil has a 58-17 win-loss record. Daniil conquered 4 titles in 2019 in Sofia, in Cincinnati, in St. Petersburg and in Shanghai. The Russian was the finalist in Brisbane, in Barcelona, in Washington, in Montreal and at the U.S. Open.
Stefanos Tsitsipas’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.7, the Greek played his last match on the 12th of October when he lost to Daniil Medvedev 7-65 7-5 in the semifinal in Shanghai.
This year the Greek has a 44-22 win-loss record. The Greek has won 2 titles in 2019 in Marseille and in Estoril. The Greek was the finalist in Dubai, in Madrid and in Beijing.
Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas played each other 5 times. The head to head is 5-0 for Medvedev.
The last time that they played, Daniil Medvedev won 7-65 7-5 in the semifinal in Shanghai in 12th October 2019.
Here the highlights.
Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas
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