Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev are considered as the next big stars in the ATP Tour. However, they might have to learn a thing or two from Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal after separate meltdowns during the 2020 ATP Cup.
The three players, considered by many as the successors to Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic, had lukewarm starts to their tennis season. They will have the chance to do better in the Australian Open in the next few weeks.
Mom tells off Stefanos Tsitsipas after ATP Cup tantrum
Stefanos Tsitsipas may have just come off a breakout year in the tennis courts but even he is not safe from his mother’s anger.
Here’s Tsitsipas injuring his dad while smashing his racket
— Olly 🇪🇸🎾🇬🇧 (@Olly_Paton2020) January 7, 2020
Tsitsipas lost his cool after losing the first set in a match against Australian player Nick Kyrgios. He smacked his racket at his chair, which was near the seat his father (and coach) Apostolos was in. Unfortunately, he accidentally hit his father with the racket during the tantrum as well. This left a huge bruise on his father’s right arm.
His mother then jumped from the stands after seeing what her son did. The world no. 6 then received a telling-off from his mother. The unsportsmanlike conduct also resulted in a code violation for Tsitsipas.
When asked about the incident, the Greek player said that he did not mean to do it. He even joked that he might get grounded at home because of his behavior.
Daniil Medvedev gets into argument with umpire
Daniil Medvedev has made headlines for bad-tempered incidents before. He has done so again in the 2020 ATP Cup.
— Tsitsi🎾 (@tsitsi2020) January 9, 2020
Umpire Mohamed Lahyani gave the Russian player a point penalty for allegedly banging the umpire chair twice during his second set against Argentinian star Diego Schwartzman. Medvedev complained that he was being treated unfairly after Schwartzman did not get a warning for a previous verbal exchange.
Despite the heated back-and-forth, Medvedev still managed to win the game. This helped Russia advance to the next stage of the ATP Cup.
Alexander Zverev destroys racket
— Stefanos Tsitsipas 🇫🇷 (@TsitsipasFR) January 5, 2020
Even Alexander Zverev had his own spontaneous bout of anger in the 2020 ATP Cup. Frustrated by the way his game against Australian star Alex De Minaur was going, Zverev repeatedly banged his racket against the floor. The world no. 7 struggled during the match, registering three double faults in one single game.
The worst thing Alexander Zverev did today pic.twitter.com/hdaHDFQ4Y8
— YoungTennisGuns (@YoungTennisGuns) January 5, 2020
Seemingly taunting Zverev, Minaur’s teammate Kyrgios did push-ups for every time the German player double faulted. The world no. 7 ended the game with a total of 14 double faults.
Minaur won the game 4-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-2. This helped Australia advance to the next round, where it will face Canada.
Stefanos Tsitsipas’s ranking and performance in 2020
Now ranked no.6, the Greek played his last match on the 7th of January when he lost to Nick Kyrgios 7-67 6-73 7-65 in the round robin in the ATP Cup.
Medvedev in the ATP Cup, ranking, and results in 2020
Currently the world no.5, Daniil has a 4-0 win-loss record in 2020. Medvedev ended his run in the round robin after defeating Diego Sebastian Schwartzman 6-4 4-6 6-3.
The last time that they competed against each other, Medvedev won 3-6 6-3 6-3 in the semifinal in Cincinnati (Western & Southern Open) in August 2019.
Medvedev won 7 titles in his career: 4 on hard courts and 3 on indoor courts. (See the list of his titles)
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev played each other 6 times. The head to head is 5-1 for Medvedev.
The last time that they squared off, Stefanos Tsitsipas won 7-65 6-4 in the round robin in London (Nitto ATP Finals) in November 2019.
In the following video you can watch the key moments of their match.
Alexander Zverev’s ranking and performance in 2020
Currently the world no.7, Zverev played his last match on the 7th of January when he lost to Denis Shapovalov 6-2 6-2 in the round robin in the ATP Cup.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev
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