WATCH: Frustrated Stefanos Tsitsipas Pulls Nick Kyrgios Act, Throws Water Bottle on Court After Being Broken by Daniil Medvedev

Published 02/19/2021, 5:28 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 19, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas has a drink during his semi final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


Former World No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas took on Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev in the semifinal of the Australian Open 2021. They’ve played on six occasions in the past, with Daniil leading the tie on five wins. Their last match was at the ATP Finals 2019, which was the only time the Greek player won. 

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As the match began, Tsitsipas served to a 1-0 lead. In the fifth game of the opening set, Medvedev got the first break of the match and consolidated by holding serve the next game. After 22 minutes in the game, the Russian raced to a 4-2 lead. During the set, Daniil hit five aces past his opponent and registered 14 winners. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 19, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas during his semi final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

Stefanos Tsitsipas Smashes Bottle at the Changeover

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After sealing the initial set 6-4, the Russian star broke his Greek opponent in the third game of the second set. During the changeover, Stefanos smashed a water bottle on the ground close to the court. Due to that, the ball kids had to wipe the area affected. Tsitsipas did receive a mild verbal warning by the chair umpire. 

Throwing the bottle was a clear sign of frustration displayed by the Greek athlete. He was unable to keep the ball in play and the number of unforced errors executed by him was more than usual. After 36 minutes into the second set, Medvedev took two sets to lead in the match, winning the second set 6-2. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 19, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas during his semi final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev REUTERS/Kelly Defina

During the second set, Medvedev hit six aces and won 94% of his first-serve points, whereas Tsitsipas won only 48% of his first-serve points. Daniil seemed more focused and registered 14 winners and committed four unforced errors. 

Stefanos spent four hours on court against Nadal in the quarterfinal of the Australian Open 2021 on Wednesday. On the other hand, Daniil beat his Russian counterpart Rublev in straight sets. The winner of this semifinal match will take on Novak Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open 2021 on Sunday. 

At the 2019 Washington Open, Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios threw a water bottle on the chair on which the match umpire sits and later claimed the bottle slipped out of his hands. It was during his match against a Japanese player Yoshihito Nishioka. The Australian player won the match eventually 6-2 7-5. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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