Stefanos Tsitsipas has beaten every member of the world’s Top 10 except for one, his quasi arch-nemesis Daniil Medvedev. Judging by his recent remarks, Tsitsipas might not have the right mindset to pull an upset off on Monday.
“It’s just boring,” Tsitsipas said of the Russian’s game, “he has a huge serve, and if you manage to get it back, it’s just countless balls inside the court.”
It’s no secret that Medvedev owns some real-estate inside the young Greek’s head. Their bad blood stems from a confrontation at the 2018 Miami Open. Long story short, Medvedev won the heated exchange, and the match, and the subsequent four matches. His dominant 5-0 record, and the beef that seems to follow them around has become one of the games more interesting subplots. X’s and O’s aside, sometimes an opponent just has your number.
Tsitsipas will need full control of his flowing all-court game if he wants to change the tide. He essentially admitted he doesn’t have the patience to outlast the aptly nicknamed Great Wall of Russia. So until it finally happens, don’t expect Tsitsipas to overcome his mental block against the world No. 4.
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