Daniil Medvedev Reveals Negative Cheering Helped Him Ace Against Stefanos Tsitsipas at Australian Open 2021

Published 02/19/2021, 2:12 PM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 19, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev reacts during his semi final match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Daniil Medvedev displayed his dominance against Stefanos Tsitsipas to march into the finals of the Australian Open 2021. Medvedev was in complete control of the match and allowed very little room for Tsitsipas to gain momentum. Although the Russian won in convincing fashion, he faced a minor hiccup in the third set and later explained why. 


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The Australian crowd succeeded in disrupting the rhythm of Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev was utterly dominant against Tsitsipas and broke his serve five times throughout the match. On the other hand, the Greek player got the elusive break only once, which came in the third set. There’s also a reason why Medvedev conceded that service game.


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“The crowd got behind him so it helped him to get up his game a little bit. I got a little bit tight not because of the score at all, but more because of the crowd,” Medvedev explained. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 13, 2021 Russia’s Daniil Medvedev reacts during his third round match against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

The Russian also explained the reason behind losing his concentration, right when things were sailing in his favor. 

“When you’re used to playing with the crowd, it’s one thing. Nothing bothers you if you’re good mentally if you are focused. It was probably the first match since Marseille last year was the last tournament I played with a crowd where you know it was full stadium,” Medvedev added. 

Medvedev doesn’t mind being the antagonist 

Daniil Medvedev is a great player, but he was on the receiving end of the fans’ jeers when he played Tsitsipas. The crowd cheered massively for the Greek player, which proved to be an extra source of motivation for the 22-year-old. 

Stefanos Tsitsipas seemed to be rejuvenated after receiving the crowd’s support and broke the Russian’s third service game in what proved to be the final set of the match. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 11, 2021, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas reacts during his second-round match against Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis REUTERS/Loren Elliott

“They were going behind him more and the game I lost just before my serves they were going strong,” Medvedev stated.

However, it didn’t take long for the Russian to identify where Tsitsipas derived his energy from. Medvedev then regained his lost focus and avenged his shortcomings by converting a breakpoint during a crucial moment in the match. 


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“So when you’re used to it it doesn’t bother you. Here it did get into my head and I’m happy that I managed to change my focus and change the momentum at the end of the set,” Medvedev concluded. 

Just like that, Daniil Medvedev booked a ticket to his second Grand Slam final in a dominant fashion. He will face World No.1 Novak Djokovic next, in what is the most anticipated clash of the tournament! 


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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.