World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev reacted to Stefanos Tsitsipas calling him immature, saying he didn’t want to fight.
Medvedev made the Australian Open final after beating Tsitsipas. However, he was not a happy man during the match because he felt the Greek was getting some outside help.
The finalist insisted his opponent was getting coached at every point. He went on a scathing rant to voice his frustrations, and ended up getting fined a hefty amount for his actions. He was also labelled childish by Tsitsipas, something he felt was a misunderstanding.
Medvedev reacted to Tsitsipas calling him immature, saying he didn’t want to get into a war of words with him.
“No, I don’t want to get too much into this, because again, I was actually, not against Stefanos or during this match, nothing, and I feel like I didn’t talk about him,” he explained, as quoted by Tennis World USA.
“I just talked about the rule, because again, I don’t know what his father is saying. Maybe he’s just saying, ‘Let’s go next point.’ It’s completely allowed. There is no problem with it.
“But he’s saying something in Greek just before I return and I’m there, I feel like he’s even saying him where to serve. I don’t know. I don’t know Greek.”
What are you doing, ref?
“Same about the umpire. He should just, I don’t know, talk to Stefanos first maybe, say, I don’t know, ‘Say something to your father’,” he continued.
“If my coach would be talking in French to me before every point, even I would say, ‘Stop it, it is not allowed.’
“So it was only about this. Again, nothing against Stefanos.”
Medvedev bounced back from losing the second set as he beat Tsitsipas 7-6 (5) 4-6 6-4 6-1. He will face Rafael Nadal in the final.