Daniil Medvedev, the World No. 2 from Russia, stunned the tennis world by defeating Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win his first Grand Slam victory at the 2021 US Open. Not only did it surprise tennis experts, but even World No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas, who was there in attendance.
Tsitsipas praised the Russian’s effort, calling him the “best player at the moment”. What surprises him, however, are the outcomes of Medvedev’s unconventional style of play.
Despite his 6’6″ stature, Medvedev moves fluidly around the baseline. But, more importantly, he constantly returns balls, urging his opponent to make the first mistake. Furthermore, the 25-year-old possesses an outstanding serve game, making him an ideal fit for fast hard courts.
Notably, the 23-year-old Greek isn’t the first player to be taken aback by Daniil Medvedev’s unusual style of play. Despite describing him as a difficult opponent, Tsitsipas is baffled as to how the Russian continues to win on hard courts.
Stefanos Tsitsipas talks about Medvedev
According to reports on Tennis Majors, Tsitsipas said, “Medvedev is very consistent; he is a very difficult opponent, It surprises me that he manages to achieve such results by playing this style of tennis.”
In addition, the Greek pro went on to explain how he views Medvedev’s playing. Tsitsipas described him as “one-dimensional”, despite his labels of unorthodox and unconventional.
He stated, “I wouldn’t say Medvedev’s game is boring, I would say it is one-dimensional.” Tsitsipas, on the other hand, claimed that Medvedev is the best right now and that he “proved it with his results”.
Medvedev and Tsitsipas have previously clashed in the semifinals of the Australian Open 2021. In the encounter, the Russian had won in straight sets over the Greek.
Stefanos, on the other hand, exacted his vengeance in the French Open quarterfinals, defeating Medvedev in straight sets.
The former ATP Finals champions qualified for this year’s edition in Turin based on their performances in all other tournaments. Most significantly, Medvedev will defend his title at this tournament.
The best eight players from the 2021 season will fight for the ATP Finals title. Notably, the year-end championships will be held for the first time in Turin, Italy.
Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, and Stefanos Tsitsipas are the only players who have qualified for this elite competition so far.